The MESCOT eco-tourism initiative was started to create an alternative income for the people of the area, whilst protecting the last remaining rainforest and the community's traditional cultural heritage.
MESCOT's aims were extended in 1998 when drought induced forest fires ravaged parts of the natural forests surrounding the villages. The group helped to fight these fires and in the aftermath decded to help rehabilitate the damaged wetland forests and wildlife habitats.
How our teams get involved
Located in the Kinabatangan area, students spend 5-6 days working alongside local people and staying in stilt-house home stays as well as camping in the forest.
Work involves planing seeds and trees, maintenance and grass clearing and weeding. Students also get the opportunity to learn about the rainforest and the plants and animals that live in it.
The aim of the initiative is to build towards a sustainable future for the people in Kinabatangan, whilst protecting the mega-diverse rich rainforests in the area.
What teams do to help
With expedition teams staying with local families, it provides them with a unique opportunity to really get to know the community and learn about their culture. They will also be very popular with local children who love to play football or volleyball!
This is a fantastic initiative for teams interested in conservation and rainforest protection whilst also getting involved in some physically demanding work.
Good balance of educational input, cultural experience and wildlife watching, with an understanding approach to project work. Project staff were engaging, knowledgable and approachable and very willing to tailor work activities to suit our group.