March 24, 2012
Information centre a boon for Imbak canyon’s conservation
KOTA KINABALU: The Ulu Kinabatangan information centre and jetty serves as an
important platform for the local community to take part in safeguarding the natural heritage of the Imbak Canyon
Conservation Area, here.
The 30,000ha located right at the centre of Sabah, is a Class I Forest
The ground-breaking ceremony for the two facilities took place at Kampung Imbak
here and performed by Kinabatangan member of parliament Datuk Bung Moktar Radin and Kuamut assemblyman Mansiung
Bannah. Kampung Imbak is about a five-hour drive from Sandakan and located near the conservation area.
A good platform: The Ulu Kinabatangan Information Centre and Community Pier at
Kampung Imbak. The 30-metres-wide Imbak Falls located within the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area.
Sabah Foundation director Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul said the setting up of the
two facilities was following a collaboration between the foundation and Petronas.
It aims to make the Imbak Canyon a learning centre for biodiversity conservation
as well as a gene bank.
“The relevant issue from the collaboration includes providing training to the
local community in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources,” he said.
Conserved : One of the century-old trees at Imbak Canyon.
Datu Khalil said the centre would provide information on Ulu Kinabatangan to the
local community as well as to visitors and serves as a station for porters and tourist guides to Imbak
The jetty will be for use by the local community.
Petronas Group Corporate Affairs Division senior general manager Datuk Mohammad
Medan Abdullah said the setting up of the two facilities was in line with the effort to conserve the natural
heritage at Imbak Canyon.
It would also benefit the local community in Ulu Kinabatangan, particularly in
terms of ecotourism, he said.