SALY-B: Natural Resource Management Cycle 2 Training is underway

3rd November 2017

Our final cycle of SALY-B is now underway with a new group of participants taking part. First up: Natural Resource Management (NRM) training, based in Kampung Bakong Bakong in the Telupid region of Sabah. Participants will be completing an intensive 10-day series of interactive workshops, educating them about Borneo’s biodiversity and how it can be conserved. They’ll then have the chance to go onto entrepreneurship training in the new year, which will aim to empower them with the skills to start their own green enterprises.

Kampung Bakong Bakong in the Telupid region of Sabah.

Kampung Bakong Bakong, a small village sandwiched between palm oil plantations, will be the base for this NRM training cycle. Driving down the long road from Telupid to Bakong it’s clear why this kind of training is so important; much of the natural jungle has been cleared. As such, the aim of the SALY-B NRM training is to engage young people in conservation efforts. But what are the participants looking forward to about the programme?

Sue, Raleigh Borneo Country Director, gives her opening speech.
The environment that SALY-B is looking to protect.

Kris, one of the female participants, is really looking forward to learning more about the environment. She has already been taking part in conservation activities and has spent time exploring the natural beauty of Borneo. Kris says: “I can’t wait to continue these activities through this training, while learning more and getting guidance on how we can conserve our environment for the future.” Aged just 16, she thinks it’s important to engage with young people: “It’s really important that we learn about our environment now, so that we can shape the future and use these skills as we grow older.”

The SALY-B NRM training participants.

Pat, also aged 16, is looking forward to gain more confidence through the programme, and is embracing the new experience: “This is the first time I’ve had chance to participate in training like this. I’m looking forward to finding new adventures, while helping to preserve our natural environment.”

Andy, aged 22, is also new to NRM: “I’m looking forward to learning more from this new experience. I’m also going to take the chance to socialise with the other participants to learn even more about where they come from, which I hope will improve my confidence as well.”

There’s real enthusiasm amongst all the participants to learn more about their natural surroundings and the environment of Sabah. Though many are undertaking their first training in this area, they’re keen to learn and will hopefully gain greater understanding through the programme.

Training is now well underway, so look out for more updates soon.


Words and photos by Emily


Climate and Conservation Malaysian Borneo