HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme

HUTAN works to develop and implement innovative solutions to conserve the orang-utan in Sabah, Malaysia. In 1998, HUTAN initiated the Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme – KOCP in collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department by establishing a conservation centre in the village of Sukau within the Kinabatangan floodplain.

Our commitment on the movement

Our work on the ground sees the reality of the situation for biodiversity survival having to balance with economically crucial activities such the oil palm plantations. We are working with our neighbours in finding solutions that mitigate biodiversity and economic loss. As always, our priority will be to prevent biodiversity loss. In addition, we have also been working with the palm oil industry as a whole by engaging with them via our membership with the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2013. Currently, we serve as the Co-Chair of the Biodiversity and High Conservation Value Working Group and are the environmental NGO alternate on the Board of Governors.

“If you care about people in third world countries, we should all be buying only independently verified Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. Europe has and can continue to be the leader and as such affect real change on the ground.”
Harjinder Kler, Policy officer HUTAN

Our story

HUTAN and KOCP have grown holistically by combining scientific research, protection and management of wildlife habitat, capacity building, awareness campaigns as well as community outreach and development projects. HUTAN – KOCP also works with local communities to address human-wildlife conflict as well as alternative livelihood. Our team is composed of 50 highly skilled staff hailing from the Kinabatangan local community, working with immense dedication in close collaboration with an effective network of Sabahan partners including government agencies, Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) and research institutions as well as private stakeholders.

Today, we work on a multitude of cross cutting issues on the ground as we believe in using whole landscape approaches to address challenges posed to biodiversity by economic needs of a nation. We also believe in working together with others a


Our UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goals such as the UN SDGs should be looked at as a whole without any being a priority. However, having to choose, our top five would be:

  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 13: Climate action

Our struggles and future plans

We will continue our work on the ground including publishing peer reviewed scientific articles and advocacy. In Europe, we work closely with our partners namely zoos, sharing realities on the ground and coming up with innovative solutions together.



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