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Environmental or Nature Conservation Organisations (Non Governmental Organisations)



Member since

29 April 2013

HUTAN Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme


HUTAN, a French grassroots non-profit organisation, established in 1996, 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. Since then 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. Today, 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.

ACOP Report Submissions

Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    Via our discussions and presentations. HUTAN - Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme has a network of partners and funders overseas and we have been continually discussing and advising on a variety of conservation issues including that of palm oil. For us, RSPO is the best option for palm oil.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    We strongly advise our network that saying no to palm oil is wrong and the message should be to buy sustainable palm oil. An example on the ground, we have advised plantations around the Lower Kinabatangan not to create bottlenecks for elephants by way of where they place their electric fence.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    We can contribute in particular to Principle 5, Criterion 5.2 (The status of rare, threatened or endangered species and high conservation value habitats, if any, that exist in the plantation or that could be affected by plantation or mill management, shall be identified and operations managed to best ensure that they are maintained and/or enhanced.) as this in our realm expertise.

    We are more than willing to help where necessary and humanpower is available and this includes being part of committees and such.

    We are hoping to be involved at the National Interpretation for Malaysia when it begins sometime this year. Here we would provide our expertise in wildlife conservation in the multiple used landscape of Sabah, Malaysia where we are based in the field.
  • Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
    We want to be more involved in RSPO which is why we are applying to join RSPO. We need a platform for engaging the oil palm industry and we think this is the most suitable platform for us.
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