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Eco-tourism is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strive to be low impact and (often) small scale (as an alternative to mass tourism). Its purpose is to educate the traveler, provide funds for ecological conservation, directly benefit the economic development of local communities.

Deramakot Forest Reserve (DFR) is managed based on a multiple use approach to natural forest management, as represented in the diagram below.


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Venue for the annual Borneo safari 4 x 4 event
DFR-venue for the annual Borneo
Safari 4x4 event

Kinabatangan river
Kinabatangan river

Mast flowering of Dipterocarps in DFR
Mast flowering of Dipterocarps in DFR

Borneon Falconet
Borneon Falconet - smallest raptor in the world can be spotted in DFR


Currently, the sale of certified timber is the sole source of revenue in DFR and eco-tourism is seen as another alternative to generate income. Eco-tourism has been highlighted in the 2nd Forest Management Plan which covers the planning period starting from 2005 to 2014. Initial planning for eco-tourism includes the construction of a reception centre building and chalets. DFR offers a variety of eco-tourism products. There are:

  • Pristine forest. The last remaining intact lowland Dipterocarp forest besides Danum Valley, Imbak Canyon and Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

  • Hotspot for biodiversity. 75% of mammals in Sabah can be found in DFR.

  • Local culture

  • Bird watching

  • Mountain biking

  • River cruise

  • Trekking

  • Homestay


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