Freshwater For Future (FFF)

Building ecosystem resilience by fostering community-based conservation


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

The Freshwater for Future initiative aims to provide support in the following areas:

  • 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 Humans Habitats and Highways project.

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




As freshwater 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. To create resilience for freshwater ecosystems, we focus on acquiring the most accurate data to inform our work and facilitate community-based projects to apply actionable best practices for the future.