Several international initiatives have been taken since early 1990s including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Environmental Programme (GEF), the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) and Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Recently another important global initiative based in Geneva, The Economics of Ecosystem & Biodiversity (TEEB), focused on “making nature’s values visible” has been established under the United Nation of Environmental Programme (UNEP). All these organisations and work initiatives have important roles to play towards preserving and conserving global biodiversity including the pristine tropical rainforests.
Pulau Banding Foundation (PBF) was set up in 2007 as a non-profit, science-based and non-political organisation, with a vision to promote sustainable development of the fragile ecosystems of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest in Malaysia and to meet the challenges of balancing forest conservation and development. PBF undertakes research or raises funds to finance research programmes for studies on various aspects of the tropical rainforest ecosystems with special emphasis to the Royal Belum-Temengor Forest Complex. It also conducts manpower trainings and disseminates knowledge/information to the public for the conservation of biological diversity and sustainable management of the natural tropical rainforests. To achieve these aims, PBF's main mission is in drawing support from the government, NGO’s and private corporations.
In October this year PBF in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia, the Perak State Government, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) and Belum Conservation Malaysia will organise an International Conference on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Tropical Rainforests or better known as the Belum Rainforest Summit 2016 (BRainS 2016). The conference is supported by the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO), an organisation based in Vienna, Austria. This summit will bring together policy makers, scientists, forest administrators and such from countries from around the world with Tropical Rainforests, from the Amazon to the Congo to South and South-East Asia. It is expected that about 200 participants will be attending the Conference and about 50% of them will be from the tropical regions of the world. This is truly taking our vision to the world stage.