Community-Based Ecologically Sustainable Tourism (CBEST)

Community-Based Eco-Tourism School


This Programme has been historically important in Forever Sabah's long-term engagement with Indigenous and local communities of Sabah as well as for our exploration of ecotourism and restoration-based economies. 

This programme was birthed through the Mukim Batu Putih Community Tourism Cooperative – KOPEL Berhad, a pioneering community cooperative championing the inclusion and community-driven processes in developing nature tourism, natural resource management and community empowerment. 

KOPEL Berhad is a centre for communities to come and learn the pioneering efforts of the Mukim Batu Putih community. Training and mentorship programmes are tailormade by local experts to support other Indigenous and local communities who aspire to bring meaningful change in their communities.

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