What has the Raleigh Borneo summer Expedition achieved?

15th September 2018

Over the past 10 weeks, our summer Expedition has undoubtedly created sustainable change in environments and communities across Sabah. From rehabilitating tropical forest ecosystems to building the infrastructure for communities to access reliable water and safe sanitation.

Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects

Kampung Mempakad

The project in Kampung Mempakad successfully built a dam, laid piping down to 38 houses, built a rainwater collection tank site, three handwashing sites and three toilets spread through the village.

Host Country Volunteer Manager and Raleigh Sabah Society member Yatie was in Kampung Mempakad for the full nine weeks. She led from the front and saw the project through from start to finish. She explains, “The community really appreciated what Raleigh completed for them. It is something they have never had before.”

Yatie continues to explain the impact the project has had on the lives of the people in the community, “The village told us they have lived without access to safe and reliable water for 40 or 50 years. They told us they now don’t need to suffer. They don’t need to struggle or worry about getting water anymore. So many good things have come out of the project.”

Raleigh strives to achieve long lasting sustainable change in all of its projects. Yatie worked alongside the community members of Kampung Mempakad to find the best strategy to make sure the infrastructure built would be kept in working order. “We sat down with the community and worked alongside them to ensure everything that was put in place for them continued to work. Water is so important. They know that and have experienced what it is like without it. They told us they want to make it work. There’s not a choice not to.”

Recognition and thanks for making the project in Kampung Mempakad possible goes to our project partners PACOS and Coca-Cola, and the community for working alongside and welcoming the volunteers into their community.

Kampung Tikalod

Following the installation of a rainwater catchment system, toilets and handwashing facilities in the small forest community of Kampung Tikalod last expedition, Raleigh Borneo returned with another project team to continue their collaboration with the community. To ensure the objectives of our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, the group set about building a dam and a ram pump to provide greater water security for the small village.

Jen was one of the Volunteer Managers for the Kampung Tikalod WASH project. She explains, “The community are in a much better position now. The village didn’t have a reliable water source. They purely relied on rainwater which is unreliable, especially in dry season. We installed a dam to stem the flow of water from two streams much lower than the village itself.”

Jen continues, “One of the successes of this project was getting the ram pump working.”

The impact of a reliable water supply and access to hygienic sanitation can be huge, especially in such a remote area that is many miles away from urban developments. The people of Kampung Tikalod still face many challenges, but the positive changes made over the past few weeks will hopefully empower them to take further ownership over their livelihoods.

Recognition and thanks for making the project in Tikalod possible goes to project partners AFCS and Coca-Cola.

Natural Resource Management Projects

Danum Valley

Raleigh Borneo has been supporting Danum Valley since 1987 with a variety of projects. This Expedition the Raleigh Borneo volunteers have been working with the staff at Danum Valley on a number of projects including the construction of a suspension bridge and ongoing tracking of animals through camera traps. All of the projects we have been supporting work towards Danum Valley’s application for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Achieving this would mean the land is better protected from future deforestation and poaching.

Volunteer Manager Christian was in Danum Valley for six weeks. He explains, “We are really excited to say we were able to complete the bulk of the work. The bridge will help with the application for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status and Danum Valley are now closer than they have been before.”

Alongside the bridge project, Christian discussed the ongoing camera trap project. “We were aiding Danum Valley monitor the animals in the area. We were looking to make sure nothing was wrong with animal patterns. From what we found everything was fine in the area. We saw a few crested fire-backs which are like blue jungle chickens, and we saw some mouse deer and samba deer…”

Danum Valley has been one of our long term projects and Christian explains, “The staff at Danum Valley expressed how much they have appreciated Raleigh’s help over the years. The projects are made so much easier with many hands and having enthusiastic young people on the worksites is refreshing and really appreciated.”

Recognition and thanks for making the project in Danum Valley possible goes to the rangers at Danum Valley Field Centre in particular Leto, Nelky and Vins.

The Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre

Raleigh Borneo returned to the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) to continue helping with the long-term work to restore an area of illegally deforested palm oil land back into a healthy and diverse rainforest habitat. This Expedition, volunteers planted 308 pioneer tree species within three key identified areas.

Ruth was one of the Volunteer Managers on the project. She explains, “We worked alongside the team at TRCRC. We helped with planting trees to rebuild the jungle canopy as well as helping in the nursery which included resurfacing the nursery floor, moving the saplings to the next area or stress testing trees to make sure they would survive.”

Ruth continues, “We were lucky enough to get to revisit one of the planting areas Raleigh volunteers worked in during 2016. We were able to work out why some trees survived while others didn’t, therefore what strategies we needed to use in the future to get the best results.”

“They were really positive about the work that Raleigh had done with them. You get the sense that there is a secondary rainforest being established which is really helping local areas. The work we have done all links in with TRCRC’s broader projects where they are building wildlife corridors in other areas to help sustain the fragile ecosystem.”

Recognition and thanks for making the project in TRCRC possible goes to the rangers in particular Andy and Sally.

Bengkoka Forest Reserve

The project in Bengkoka Forest Reserve successfully set up and reviewed six camera traps, surveyed 1 mist nests, conducted three amphibian night walks and planted 172 trees. Tom was one of the Volunteer Managers on this project. He explains, “Our project aim was to rehabilitate an area of the Bengkoka Forest Reserve by clearing 10 lines through the forest, each of them 3m wide and replanting the area with native trees. The reason for the biodiversity surveys was to help inform the correct level of environmental protection attributed to the area.”

Tom continues, “We surveyed over 140 birds consisting of 45 different species, some of which were rare and not usually found in the area. The camera trapping observed mammals including civets, barking deer, monkeys and some squirrels.”

“We managed to regenerate an area of the forest. It provides a model for Forestry Solutions to improve the habitat in which they work. It also helps to inform their future conservation efforts.”

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