Who We Are

Forever Sabah is a 25 year programme to support Sabah's transition to a diversified, equitable, circular economy.

Forever Sabah, a civil society entity, serves as a collaborative social movement rather than a bureaucracy or NGO.  We are an initiative rooted in local aspirations, built by an enthusiastic team who believe we can make our state better by utilizing Sabahan knowledge and experience and working with others and across sectors.

Forever Sabah crafts international partnerships, but does not believe in relying on funding to drive change. Rather we value the sharing of experiences and new forms of currency – such as responsibility, participation, reciprocity, and trust – to achieve more effective, large-scale and collaborative results


Our Mission

To support Sabah’s transition to a diversified, equitable, circular economy by:

  • Catalysing positive institutional change through a ground-up, project-based approach.

  • Building capacity to sustainably manage Sabah’s natural resources.

  • Further protecting and restoring Sabah’s natural habitats.

  • Enhancing social and ecological resilience in the face of changing climate and land use.

The Background

To change the development and economic trajectory of the State by rebalancing the economy from its historical over-reliance on and exploitation of natural habitats, particularly Sabah's forests, rivers and seas

The Malaysian state of Sabah has numerous advantages that together form a strong foundation for change:

  • Sabah is still endowed with a mega-rich diversity of intact terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

  • Sabah has a government that is openly looking for innovative approaches to enhance sustainability while developing a robust and competitive economy.

  • Sabah has an increasingly vocal civil society and active network of indigenous communities that is poised to engage in shaping the direction of the state’s future.

Our Approach

Forever Sabah was initiated to answer the fundamental question: where will the state be in fifty years if it continues to progress along its current development trajectory?

The vision, principles, and focal areas, have evolved through an enriching 2-year engagement process involving all sectors of society; local communities, industry, NGOs, scientists and government. This uniquely inclusive conversation has in itself catalysed change, creating new relationships while empowering and energising communities.


Forever Sabah's Ecology


Our Principles

Women Holding Hands

Capacity Building

Offer solutions that integrate knowledge and skills across the spectrum of indigenous wisdom and cutting edge science to build capacity for all sectors