Encouraging development, protecting the environment

Safeguarding the natural beauty of Sabah’s islands

The islands of Sabah, Malaysia are a popular eco-tourism destination. But this same tourism, along with the agricultural industry, has resulted in pollution and overexploitation of natural resources. To combat this, the Sabah State Environmental Protection Department (EPD) asked us to create an integrated management plan for Sabah’s islands. We developed a plan designed to maximise the tourism and economic potential of the islands, while also ensuring responsible, sound development. We also provided guidelines that enabled the EPD to assess development proposals and land use policies while protecting the environment. This ensures the preservation of the natural beauty for which Sabah’s islands are so well known.