PPM 538 Elopura
Interest in Forestry: central
The Batu Puteh community has developed a creative solution to the loss of access to traditional resources resulting from the creation of Sabah's Supu Forest Reserve and Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Since 2000, the NGO they created - MESCOT (Model Ecologically Sustainable Tourism) - has operated a series of successful ecotourism ventures including a home-stay program, boat and guide service, and handicraft production scheme. Their efforts have also restored over 50 hectares of forest in important freshwater swamps.