Regrow Borneo brings together scientific expertise and the wealth of local knowledge and
experience of local community-based reforestation organisations of the Kinabatangan.
We reforest precious lowland tropical forests. These forests are made up of a patchwork of
different soils, experience flooding nearly every year, and create a range of habitats that
support a wide variety of wildlife and human interests. The complexity of these forests
present challenges and opportunities. By taking on these challenging locations, our project
seeks to provide new scientific insights, which in turn will deliver new models and
approaches for forest restoration.
Our focus is on developing a model of reforestation that will benefit people, wildlife, and
climate. In this sense, our aim is not to plant the highest number of trees, rather to plant
trees where they are most needed. For Regrow Borneo, restoring a healthy hectare means
planting local trees from a community nursery and maintaining them for 3 years. Without
maintenance, monitoring, and sometimes replanting, natural processes such as flooding or
predation (monkeys and deer eating our saplings) may not allow them to grow tall enough
to survive. We then monitor each forest hectare using modern, drone-based, and traditional