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Retaining landscapes to save important populations

The orang-utan population in the Kinabatangan-Segama area represents the largest in Malaysia and arguably one of the most secure orang-utan populations in the world considering the ongoing threats (of illegal logging, forest conversion, fire and hunting) to remaining large orang-utan populations in Indonesia.
However, some Kinabatangan-Segama populations in the area, especially at the northern part of Ulu Segama Forest Reserve, are already biologically isolated by the Ulu Segama River. Previous logging activities have partly damaged the forest structure and in the long term, orang-utans in this area may decline due to the poor habitat and low carrying capacity.
 
The Sabah State Government made a commitment (see http://www.dailyexpress.com.my) to maintain orang-utan forest habitat under natural forest management, rather than converting to plantations. This commitment was in part, a result of WWF-Malaysia’s field and advocacy work in Sabah since the 1980s. The government is now working closely with WWF to address these issue, and WWF would continue to support in terms of commitment to natural forest management, further information input into forest management plans, and forest restoration in the Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserves.
Devastating effects to the forest due to fires 
	© WWF-Malaysia/Nana
Devastating effects to the forest due to fires
© WWF-Malaysia/Nana