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From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of Forever Sabah

June 9, 2019

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In just over 30 years from now, it is projected that there will be an additional 25 million kilometres of paved roads globally – enough to circle the planet over 600 times.

This figure does not include unpaved roads. Some 90% of the paved roads are targeted to be built in developing nations and tropical regions, some of which are home to environmentally important ecosystems.

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Overall Objective

LEAP Spiral and Forever Sabah are working with Coalition 3H (Humans Habitats Highways) which also comprises of Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), WWF Malaysia, Borneo Futures, Seratu Aatai, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Jaringan Orang Asli Sabah (JOAS), and PACOS Trust, to organize and weave a stakeholder web – gathering key government, civil society, science and industry actors – across Sabah and Sarawak. Our approach is aimed at building engagement and agency within the relevant social, political and legal processes for infrastructural development in these states.

The intention is that partnerships will be forged and research findings disseminated to impact in a proactive manner high level decisions around infrastructure development in Sabah, Sarawak and Malaysia in general. It also aims to increase levels of understanding and enhanced capacity in civil society and the media to engage in debate on the social, economic and environmental risks and benefits of such development.



This project would run over three years, and is organized around three layers of work, and a fourth layer (sharing across the three study countries) which we propose to be developed as the project matures.

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Designing, convening and facilitating group processes within and across government, civil society, science and industry, which will grow readiness and literacy

Technical interfacing to carry out research and mainstream technical findings from Coalition 3H members and others.

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Developing and communicating appropriate local narratives to support and enrich local, national and regional understanding and discourse around the issues, deploying forms of media necessary to engage the range of audiences and actors

Trans-boundary sharing, co-learning and strategizing with Indonesian and Papua New Guinean counterparts to expand, contract, shape-shift and align advocacy processes between the local, national and regional.