Forever Sabah: Background

BACK STORY

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.

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 MISSION

Supporting Sabah’s transition to a diversified, equitable, circular economy.

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.

FOCAL AREAS

Forever Sabah will be delivered through a ground-up, project-based approach organised around four focal areas: Food, Agriculture & Fisheries; Energy, Infrastructure & Waste; Livelihood, Tourism & Enterprise; and Forest, Water & Soil.

Guided by the principles of equity, integrity, inclusiveness, custodianship and shared responsibility, Forever Sabah will be delivered through a ground-up, project-based approach organised around four focal areas:

  • Food, Agriculture & Fisheries

  • Energy, Infrastructure & Waste

  • Livelihood, Tourism & Enterprise

  • Forest, Water & Soil

Recognising the need to address the pressing issues of:

  • Habitat protection and restoration

  • The development of local communities

  • Critical knowledge and skills

Forever Sabah will maintain an over-arching focus on rainforests and marine & coastal habitats.

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?

Forever Sabah was initiated to answer the fundamental question: where will the state be in fifty years if it continues to progress along it’s 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.