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Heart of Borneo

Borneo, the world's third largest island, holds about 6% of global biodiversity in its rich, tropical forests. It is home to flagship species i.e. Bornean orang-utan, Bornean elephant and proboscis monkey. To conservationists, this island is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Made up of three countries with a total of 74.6 million hectares or 746,000 sq km of land, Borneo’s forests are home to about 220 species of mammals, 620 species of birds, 15,000 plant species of which 6,000 are endemic and over 150 species of dipterocarp trees. A single tree can habour 1,000 insect species. And that’s just a rough estimate. But all this diversity would be lost if Borneo’s highland forests are fragmented. With threats coming from all sides, these forests have to be a continuous whole. Successful rainforest conservation requires inter-connected forests, without which hundreds, or even thousands, of species would become extinct. We need to act fast and we need to act now.

WWF supports Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia to conserve the Heart of Borneo – a total of 240,000 sq km (that’s 24 million hectares!) of equatorial rainforests – through a network of protected areas and sustainably-managed forest, as well as sustainable land use through international co-operation led by the Bornean governments and supported by a global effort. Covering one third of the world’s third biggest island, the Heart of Borneo is source to 22 major river systems. Truly the Heart of Borneo is also the water tower of Borneo. To support WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts in Borneo, please click on the 'Support' button