About the Heart of Borneo
The Heart of Borneo is an ambition project aimed at protecting the forest in Borneo Island undertaken by three nations, namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The Heart of Borneo is covering a staggering size of 220 sq km or nearly a third of Borneo Island.
The project is actually very impressive based on the large tract of forest being covered. But the effectiveness of the project is another question. With such a large piece of land being protected in the name of forest conservation, how likely do you think that all three nations are actually committed towards this project?
Joined Efforts Among Several Nations
The Federal Government of Malaysia has actually allocated RM10.8 million to Sabah and Sarawak to implement various projects, including inventories and a survey of baseline information, in Heart of Borneo areas. Think about it, how much can you really do with the mere RM10 million funding?
Moreover, Indonesia has been known to talk only and no action. We are seeing the annual forest burning and illegal logging activities in Borneo Island. It happens not only in Indonesia but also in Sabah and Sarawak protected areas. It seems like that all these promises are only confined to talk and no solid actions have been ironed out.
Lastly, with Brunei covering only a tiny bit of Borneo Island, even if it’s committed in protecting the forest, it won’t be playing an important role in the “Heart of Borneo” project.
Nevertheless, the Heart of Borneo is at least better than nothing happen. Let’s just hope that something solid will be coming up in the near future.