The Programme for the Bornean Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation (BBEC), which is a joint technical cooperation between the Sabah State Government, Malaysia, Malaysian Federal Government, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), began in 2002. The program was designed to develop an integrated and durable system for biodiversity and conservation in Sabah. As a result of this program, Sabah achieved immensely in terms of ecosystem and biodiversity management through integrated effort by various local stakeholders. Based on the established platform resulted from the BBEC 10 year programme (2002 - 2012), Sabah embarks and envisages into a more practical implementation of one of the objectives which leads to sustainable development from the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem. BBEC now moves forward to witness the development of its previous programme into the one that is dedicated and improved into sustainable development, which was materialized in the project on Sustainable Development for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation in Sabah: SDBEC (2013-2017).  The success of BBEC prompted the Malaysian Technical Training Programme (MTCP), under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia (MFA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to collaborate and formulate a platform under the Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) for third world countries that are rich in biodiversity, with an approach based on ecosystem management similar to Bornean Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation (BBEC). Through TCTP, Sabah’s experience in integrated biodiversity and ecosystem management is highlighted to other developing countries within the context of South-South Cooperation. 

TCTP Participants at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo


The Integrated Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation Training Course is a technical course that is jointly organized by IBTC (UMS) and and Sabah’s state agencies (lead by Natural Resources Office, Sabah State Government). This course is suited to government officers, researchers of particular countries like Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Botswana, Kenya, and Uganda.


Observing Proboscisc monkeys at Kinabatangan River, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo


The course’s main objectives are:
1) To provide participants with relevant knowledge and skills on conservation management; planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
2) To expose participants to an ecosystem based management approach with emphasis on community based implementation;
3) To familiarize participants with integration among various agencies and between implementing agencies and the locals for better understanding of alternative livelihood in conservation efforts;
4) To facilitate interaction and sharing of experience, learning process and evaluation on conservation projects.
5) To foster network among mid-level managers who are the practitioners of biodiversity in developing countries.

Expected Course Outputs

The outputs of this course, but not limited to, are as follows;
1) Participants learning about the importance of having a common goal in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem;
2) Participants able to integrate conservation practices with local community involvement;
3) Participants able to execute a systematic analysis of biodiversity-community conflict (when/if it takes place) and execute a plan of action;
4) Participant able to understand the importance of different roles taken by different governmental/non-governmental agencies in managing biodiversity and ecosystem;
5) Participant able to formulate action plan on the integrated biodiversity and ecosystem management for sustainable development of their respective countries.


Participants with certificate after completing TCTP Training Course.

Past Participants




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