2016: It’s a Wrap.

Dear Stakeholders, 

Our annual report formally recognizes the stakeholders at BEST Society and is an initiative to put the necessary steps in place to measure, disclose and be accountable to stakeholders for the economic and environmental  impact of the organization’s activities.

For the year 2016, BEST Society works to empower communities’ ability to conserve the natural resources they depend upon. We invest in capacity building and skills enhancement to strengthen their role as stewards of the environment, and improve their livelihoods. When we support people in our communities, we are helping to build sustainable, resilient communities. Among the many highlights, BEST Society with funding received from SHELL and ConocoPhillips Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. has completed Organic Farming (Phase 2) and Bengkoka Living Water (Phase 5 & 6) projects respectively. The Organic Farming project which took place at Kg. Rampai Besar, Sikuati has created awareness among farmers about the benefits of organic farming and the importance of safeguarding their land from chemical substances. In addition, the concept of organic farming has exerted a subtle influence on their mind and they have a generally positive perception towards organic farming as there are demands for organic produce. On the other hand, 25 households in Kg. Nibang, Pitas received water tanks marking the last phase after having gone through five phases of water tanks delivery and construction of gravity-fed water system over the period of 4 years.

Additionally, BEST Society in collaboration with Borneo Eco Tours Sdn. Bhd. and GOMPITO took the lead for Kiau 5-Year Recovery project, funded by CIMB Foundation which focused on building the capacity of local communities to promote English language and Computer learning as well as to develop viable community-based ecotourism projects in Kiau which includes homestays and improving facilities for the jungle camps. Community-based ecotourism is another area of interest of which we have recently embarked on. Kiulu Farmstay has reached its one year milestone in August 2016 and is a form of responsible tourism in which it minimizes negative environmental impacts as well as provides experiences for visitors to travel to natural areas through more meaningful engagement with local people, and a greater understanding of their culture. Notably, such initiative provides more sustainable form of livelihood for the locals. Other ongoing projects are Kinabatangan Bee Farming, Pitas Ginger Cultivation and Promoting the System of Rice Intensification in Kiulu.

It has definitely been a year full of growth, challenges, opportunities and achievements! BEST Society would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our sponsors and partners for the continuous support. This year being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, BEST Society hopes to promote tourism’s roles in sustainable economic growth, employment opportunities, environmental preservation and cultural diversity.

BEST Society 2016 Report  Kiau 5 year Recovery Report  Organic Farming Phase 2 Report  Bengkoka Living Water Report

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