Boosting Ecological and Economic Development in Malaysia
SGS Malaysia has contributed to efforts aimed at protecting local marine ecosystems and promoting economic development in the region.
One such project helps to protect the coral reefs of Sabah, located off the northwestern coast of Malaysian Borneo, which include some of the largest and most varied communities of marine life on earth.
In March 2018, we donated funds and volunteer hours to the non-profit organization Society of Petroleum Engineers (Sabah Section) to support the installation of 1,029 artificial reefs at sites along the local coastal zone. These sites are home to 120 fishing villages, whose residents’ livelihoods depend on the reefs being protected from erosion and overexploitation. As part of government efforts to manage fisheries resources, concrete reefs are being installed to prevent trawlers from fishing in waters traditionally occupied by local coastal fishermen. The reefs also help boost marine habitat, restore fisheries resources in the area and support the area’s thriving tourist trade by offering excellent fishing and scuba diving facilities, thus further contributing to local economic development in Sabah.