Rainforest loss and degradation remains the greatest threat to Borneo’s biodiversity.
Logging, land clearing and conversion activities are all considered to be threats. Of particular concern is the conversion of forests to oil palm plantations. Without the maintenance of very large blocks of inter-connected forest, there is a clear risk that hundreds of species could become extinct. Large mammals such as orang-utans and elephants are particularly affected because of the vast areas they require to survive.
Palm oil has overtaken soya as the world’s number one source of vegetable oil. It is found in everything from biscuits to biodiesel, detergents to potato chips, cookies to shampoo, and candy bars and cosmetics. In fact, palm oil is now found in about half of all packaged goods on the shelves.
The majority of the world’s palm oil is produced in Malaysia and Indonesia, but this has come at a high environmental cost. Large areas of rainforest have been destroyed to plant oil palms which has drastically reduced habitat for endangered species like elephants, rhinos, orang-utans, sun bears, clouded leopards, and many more and triggered enormous releases of carbon dioxide.
The Malua BioBank provides critical and contiguous habitat between untouched primary rainforest and oil palm plantations for endangered wildlife to flourish.Rainforest biodiversity and its value to us