The governments of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei have announced plans to protect the "Heart of Borneo" - establishing a massive trans-boundary protected area.
The initiative will preserve rather than develop for oil palm plantations one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world, including approximately 220,000km2 of equatorial forests and numerous wildlife species. The Heart of Borneo harbors up to six percent of the world's total biodiversity.
Date: March 28, 2006 The "Heart of Borneo" conservation initiative was officially launched today with the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia - declaring their commitment to support it. The tri-country initiative aims to preserve one of the most important centres of biological diversity in the world, including approximately 220,000km2 of equatorial forests and numerous wildlife species.
"Today's announcement by the three governments shows vision and leadership," said James Leape, WWF International's Director General. "Three countries sharing one conservation vision gives hope to one of the most important areas for biodiversity in the world."