Resource Details

MESCOT Forest Restoration Project

Project: Project - Nonprofit

Contact Info


  • Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) Malaysia
  • Model for Environmentally Sustainable Community Tourism (MESCOT)
  • Alexander Abraham Foundation


Species Info

Native Species


  • The mission of this project is to restore degraded and fragmented habitat to areas of the Supu Forest Reserve in Malaysia.
  • Reforestation began in 1999 after a drought-induced fire destroyed much of the forest in 1998.
  • The first projects were to rehabilitate floodplain forest in Kinabatangan and early work was experimental to determine which species to plant in differed soil and hydrological conditions.
  • After these initial trials, a 3-year initiative began in 2006 with the help of LEAP and the Alexander Abraham Foundation.
  • In 2007, approximately 40,000 trees were planted on 4 hectares of land, and in 2008, approximately 20,000 trees were planted on 2 hectares.
  • Other efforts have been on the gathering of seeds and wildlings and the establishment of nurseries for growing young trees.

Geographical Region

  • Insular Southeast Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Malaysia
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    ELTI is a joint initiative of:
    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute