A Milestone for Camp Lemaing – Sir Hugh Low Expedition Camp

Signing of MOA  between BEST Society, land owner Martin, Sabah Society and Borneo Eco Tours. From Left, Mr. Albert Teo, Dr. Heng, Martin & Mr. Baton Bijamin.

Signing of MOA between BEST Society, land owner Martin, Sabah Society and Borneo Eco Tours. From Left, Mr. Albert Teo, Dr. Heng, Martin & Mr. Baton Bijamin.

 

16th April 2014 is a significant date for Camp Lemaing when the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Borneo Eco Tours (BET), BEST Society, land owner Martin Moguring and Sabah Society was signed for the development of Camp Lemaing – an ecotourism operation near Minitinduk Gorge, Village of Kiau, Sabah.

The community based ecotourism project Camp Lemaing – Sir Hugh Low Expedition Camp is funded by Sabah Credit Corporations with an initial grant of RM70, 000. The camp is designed by architects Ian Hall of Arkitrek, Yukio Hasegawa and Isabel Sandeman of Hasegawa Xavier Associates without charge. Mr Albert Teo , Director of BEST Society was invited to provide his expertise to develop this project as a successful model of community based ecotourism project while Borneo Eco Tours (BET) will help to develop, package, promote and market this camp internationally into a world class ecocamp.

As part of the agreement, the project which is owned by the local people will use local building materials as much as possible, utilize and train local people in the construction and operations of the camp with a view to hand over the project once it becomes profitable. One of the objectives to benefit the local community is for every international guest to contribute RM30.00 to Community Development Fund CDF to be managed by the community leaders. In addition to the initial grant from Sabah Society, both BEST Society and Borneo Eco Tours will provide soft loan to cover the deficit in the operations of the camp until it becomes profitable.

The project seeks to add value to the existing home-stay program with an additional place of interest which the more physically fit among the visitors can add to their itinerary. Furthermore Camp Lemaing will provide a sustainable source of income for local community with employment and business opportunities at the ecocamp.

The structure of Camp Lemaing in March 2014.

The structure of Camp Lemaing in March 2014.

The significant moment - Signing of MOA.

The significant moment – Signing of MOA.

The team with structure of Camp Lemaing.

The team with structure of Camp Lemaing.

Artist Impression of Camp Lemaing.

Artist Impression of Camp Lemaing.

 

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