Freshwater for Future

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Building ecosystem resilience by fostering community-based conservation

As Freshwater safety, security and the hydrologic cycle are practically complex and cannot be dealt with in isolation, it affects every level of social and economic interaction in Sabah. So, how do we bring people together for freshwater habitat conservation? And how can our work be relevant for the future?

These are the burning questions that drive our work. We are based in Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo island, and this website provides information and the approaches we take to enrich the Freshwater For Future (FFF) initiative to create resilience for freshwater ecosystems, safety and security. We focus on acquiring the most accurate data to inform our work and we collaborate with the local indigenous communities to deploy pragmatic best practices.

Freshwater for Future (FFF) is one of Forever Sabah‘s (FS) Stand-alone Projects.



Here in our news section, you’ll find stories and the latest updates about how our work is helping to improve society. The attention these articles draw is one of the best resources we have for recruiting the public to our cause. Take a look at our featured pieces below and let us know what you think about our efforts.

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From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of Forever Sabah

June 9, 2019


The aim of this project is to improve the resilience and management of freshwater species, habitat and watershed ecosystem services for Sabah.

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Community-based species and habitat conservation in rivers and wetlands through the citizen-science approach

Research and assessment exercises to inform statewide sustainability projects, namely the CSPO certification process, Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and the Humans Habitats Highways project

Education and awareness workshops and publication of knowledge pertaining to aquatic species, water quality, hydrology, monsoonal meteorology and traditional fishery ecological knowledge

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Overall Objective

FFF work is coupled with a strong engagement component with the local indigenous communities and regulatory government agencies to ensure value and resilience is built from bottom-up.

Our community-based projects are aimed to strengthen:

  • traditional ecological knowledge

  • citizen science skills and competencies

  • informed decision making

  • issues awareness

We work with the indigenous communities to:

  • measure and monitor changes

  • identify causes of change

  • devise actionable solutions

  • map critical areas for prioritization

  • carry out “no net loss” management plans

  • deploy green economy initiatives