Located immediately inland from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah State, the 3,001 hectare Babagon Catchment is part of the wider Moyog Catchment in the Crocker Range on the West Coast of Sabah. The catchment comprises three Indigenous Dusun villages (Tampasak, Babagon Toki and Kolosunan). These Native Customary Right (NCR) territories are de facto Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas
(ICCAs) that include some gazetted village land, some Native Title land held by members of ancestral communities, some land alienated by the state for conservation purposes, and some lands owned legally or illegally by non-natives and non-locals. The area is mostly steep well forested lands, some of which are enriched with durian and other indigenous and cultivar fruit trees, with some small patches of cultivated rubber. There are limited paddy lowlands with diverse gardening around village sites. The rivers are healthy and now back under the customary “tagal” management systems maintaining high fish biomass and keeping the rivers free from pollution.
The key issue is that this watershed contains the Babagon Dam that currently supplies water to approximately 57% of the Greater Kinabalu population (though not to the three resident communities partnering with us in this project). The construction of Babagon Dam (completed in 1997) displaced the village of Kg Tampasak flooding their ancestral graves, valley orchards and padi lands, and destroying an abundance of culture and traditional heritage. Tampasak’s peoples have now been resettled outside their traditional territory to lands below the dam (see map); in which process they have suffered untellable hardships, many with long-term consequences.
lawatan pendana ke kampung Tampasak