Borneo Futures Sdn Bhd is a consultancy company based in Brunei Darussalam. Established in 2015, we engage with projects focused on innovative science that informs the practices and policies of environmental management in tropical forest areas.
The work by the Borneo Futures company builds on the studies conducted through the Borneo Futures initiative, by implementing pilot programs for key stakeholders in natural resource companies, banks, government institutions, and rural communities.
Trained as a veterinary surgeon Marc initially worked in conservation breeding programs in Africa and the Middle East before coming to Sabah, Malaysia in 1998, where he has worked since on forest and wildlife management. Marc works closely with Borneo Futures on a number of projects related to orangutan conservation and oil palm management.
Erik Meijaard has been working on the science and practice of tropical conservation since 1992. He has extensive experience designing and managing research programs and working with the private sector on improved environmental management.
With a background in spatial sciences Rona Dennis is leading the geospatial work in Borneo Futures. Her long-term experience of sustainability and biodiversity management in the private sector is applied in our collaborations with companies on improved environmental management.
Safwanah Nimatullah Binti Mohd Said
With a background in water resources and environmental engineering, Brunei forest fire research and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology, Safwanah initially worked as an Environmental Engineer. She is currently employed as remote sensing and GIS officer at Borneo Futures.
Head of Administration
Katarina has been responsible for the administrative and operations work for Borneo Futures since 2016. Katarina has more than 10 years of experience in office administration, having worked for BHP Billiton Indonesia and Petrosea.
With a background in statistics, operations research, and natural resource management, Truly works with Borneo Futures to support the spatiotemporal analysis and bioeconomic modelling components on various projects related to community forestry, oil palm management, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation.
Associate Creative Manager
Amir heads the creative side of Borneo Futures, handling website design, social media, graphic design, voiceovers and video production. More information on his website
Nabillah has a background in GIS and Remote Sensing, and currently is working as GIS Data Analyst. She works with Borneo Futures as Research Officer to support geospatial analyses. Her research interests include analyses of multi-source geospatial data fusion using GIS and Earth Observation tools for sustainable management of natural resources, LiDAR data processing and information extraction to facilitate decision-making.
Borneo Futures has long-term experience in developing and implementing wildlife conservation programs in a range of different settings. We are engaged in orangutan conservation in nationally protected areas, as well as in areas protected by palm oil companies. We are investigating investments made into different conservation strategies to determine the most effective and efficient ways to implement conservation objectives.
Female orangutan with baby in a conservation set aside in an oil palm concession
Many threatened species occur outside legally protected areas. For example, more than half of orangutans on Borneo live alongside oil palm and other agriculture, tree plantations, or commercially logged forests. We find that there are opportunities to manage wildlife in these landscapes, even though this may not be optimal from an ecological point of view. We, therefore, work closely within the palm oil and other plantation sectors to see how such management in non-protected areas can be achieved. We help companies develop citizen-science-based methods for engaging all their staff in wildlife management and monitoring, making conservation a responsibility. We also work with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil on a number of issues related to better environmental management in oil palm areas.
An example of the work we do. Helping an oil palm company to grow back a forest corridor to facilitate wildlife dispersal through oil palm areas.
Rural communities are increasingly involved in the management of forests, which are often on their ancestral lands. It is not always clear to what extent such community forest management contributes to the positive social and environmental outcomes, and under which conditions the best outcomes are achieved. Borneo Futures collaborates in studies that determine the effectiveness and efficiency of community forest and wildlife management programs and work with government institutions to develop risk-specific investment strategies
We are working with a number of finance institutions with an interest in hydropower, geothermal and other sources of energy. We study the impacts such projects can have on social and environmental objectives and based on that we develop risk models that allow government, financiers and developers to determine the social and environmental risks of green energy development. As it turns out, not all "green energy" is green.
Our work includes studies of the environmental and social risks of geothermal projects in Indonesia.
Borneo Futures is involved in a number of studies on the conservation ecology of orangutans, and we have a project on the taxonomy, evolution and conservation of wild pigs, and the importance of pigs for human societies. Wild pigs are an important source of protein for many people around the world, but they are threatened in many places by disease and over-exploitation, and an invasive pest in other parts of the world