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Sabah Biodiversity Centre

About Us

Sabah Biodiversity Centre (SaBC) was established on April 25, 2008 and operational on May 7, 2008. Sabah Biodiversity Enactment 2000 (SBE2000) requires SaBC to perform 13 tasks that can be categorized into 5 main areas:

Biodiversity Centre Fund (BCF) is set up under the provision of SBE2000 Section 14. This fund can be derived from the State government, the Federal Government (e.g. grants), donations and contributions by any statutory body, body corporate, individual person, and collections from the public. The fund can be used for payment of expenses relating to the administration of the Council, the administration, management and operation of the Centre, the payment of all expenses necessary for carrying out the purpose of the SBE2000.


SaBC as an effective governance system


SaBC is established to govern conservation and utilization of Sabah’s biodiversity in order for the State to fully optimize its value through planning and implementing biodiversity conservation and utilization strategies enabled by an effective biodiversity information management system. SaBC believes that promoting, developing and nurturing synergy among governmental and non-governmental organization of the State are vital for the sustainability of such governance initiative.

Our Tasks

  1. Providing the Government and other institutions approved by the Government with accurate information or data on the status, magnitude, distribution, usage and value of the biodiversity in the State
  2. Managing and sustaining utilization of the biodiversity of the State, including determining policies and guidelines for scientific research or experiment related to the access to and use of biological resources of the State for pharmaceutical, medicinal and other specific purposes
  3. Carrying such activities in association or collaboration or in joint venture with other bodies or persons including the de-partments or agencies of the Government or the Federal Government for the improvement and enhancement of conserva-tion and management of biological resources of the State
  4. Formulating programmes for systematic survey of biodiver-sity and the collection and analysis of data thereto
  5. Identifying the priorities for research on biodiversity in order to enhance undertaking, conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity and biological resources, including ethnobotany, taxonomy and traditional uses
  6. Promoting the identification of new natural and biotechnological products derived from the biodiversity and biological resources of the State
  7. Planning and initiating programmes for the utilization, conservation, protection and sustainable development of biological resources
  8. Establishing a database system of all exhibits, published and written records regarding the use, cultivation and man-agement of biological resources of the State
  9. Establishing a network of researches in institutions of higher learning, research institutes, libraries and documenta-tion centre to assist in building or be part of the system of re-cording such knowledge
  10. Establishing or caused to be established a system for the protection of biological resources so that the indigenous and local communities shall, at all times and in perpetuity, be the legitimate creators, users and custodian of such knowledge, and shall collectively benefits from the use of such knowledge
  11. Establishing linkages with other institution or bodies, within or outside the State, with a view to enhancing the man-agement, protection, preservation, research and utilization of the biodiversity and traditional knowledge of the indigenous or local community of the State
  12. Carrying on of all activities of which appears to the Council to be necessary, advantages or convenient for or in connection with the discharge of its dutie
  13. Generally to promote education and knowledge of the biodiversity of the State