Pulau Banding

The Challenge to Balance Between Forest and Development.



To develop Pulau Banding as the gateway to Royal Belum State Park and to position it as a premier heritage destination on the world eco-tourism map.


Principles and Guidelines

To accomplish our VISION, a set of guiding principles have been drawn up for the adoption by future investors and professionals in the property development and eco-tourism industries in Pulau Banding.



The Challenge to Balance Between Forest and Development.

Who We Are

imagePulau Banding Foundation (PBF), a brainchild of the Chairman of the EMKAY Group, Tan Sri Datuk Hj Mustapha Kamal. We are a non-profit and non-political organization, aims to promote research and eco-tourism through the sustainable development of the rainforest ecosystem of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex.

Our Team


Chief Executive Officer
Dato' Dr. Abdul Rashid Bin Ab Malik
Technical Advisor
Dr. Daniel Baskaran Krishnapillay
Mohd Fazari Bin Husain
Research Officer
Zulfadhlan Bin Ahmad Khushairi

Research Centre
Hamiazrim bin Baharim
Research Officers
1. Ahmad Najmi Bin Nik Hassan
2. Mohd Syaiful Bin Mohammad

What We Do


We aim to promote, undertake, as well as perform research and studies on tropical rainforests. We are will also conduct manpower trainings and disseminate knowledge/information to the public for the conservation of biological diversity and sustainable management of the natural tropical rainforests.

It all sprung up from one clear vision of maintaining the sustainability of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex's landscape, environment and communities, be it aquatic or terrestrial. To achieve this, PBF's main mission is in drawing support from the government, NGO's and private corporations.

The strategic plan for the PBF, which was simultaneously set up with the construction of the Research Centre (PBRRC), was formulated based on the 3P Concept:

People - concerning inhabitants and social issues (which includes the Orang Asli community).

Planet - relating to the environment.

Profit - involving the economic aspects of the PBF towards becoming self-financing in the future.

Now, let us paint you a picture of what we are striving to protect via the PBF. The stunning landscape of Belum-Temengor Rainforest houses over 3,000 species of flowering plants, including three species of the largest flower in the world - the Rafflesia. It is also the natural habitat of 64 species of ferns, 62 species of mosses, and has a lake that is home to 23 species of freshwater fish and 5 species of turtles.

Approximately four times the size of Singapore, the Belum-Temengor Rainforest is the ideal place for large animals such as tigers and elephants to roam and breed, undisturbed by man. Currently, it is home to 14 of the world's most threatened mammals, including the Malaysian Tiger, Malaysian Sunbear, the White-Handed Gibbon, Asiatic Elephant and Malayan Tapir.

This also makes the Belum-Temengor Rainforest an ideal destination for ecotourism activities, such as wildlife watching, education and research initiatives, which support the conservation efforts of the area.

Remember; the future of our Malaysian Rainforests is up to us. Let's work hand-in-hand to preserve Mother Nature's priceless gift to our beloved Motherland. And we feel that the Belum-Temengor Rainforest is a great place to start.

Scientific Expedition


4th Royal Belum Scientific Expedition

Pulau Banding Foundation and collaboration with Perbadanan Taman Negeri Perak intends to organize the expedition in the Royal Belum State Park on the 8th-17th of September 2015. This time, the main focus area will be around Sungai Kejar and Sungai Tiang, the key areas of mammals sighting, as well as rich flora populations and other fauna. The objective of the expedition is to update the inventory of biodiversity in the expedition area in line with the National Biodiversity Policy. More

2nd Temengor Scientific Expedition

Being one of the oldest rainforest in the world and rich with flora and fauna, Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex was the centre of scientific research. Held on 1 – 10 October 2012, 2nd Temengor Rainforest Expedition aimed to produce a biodiversity inventory in the selected area of study and identify potential locations for eco-tourism attraction. The expedition also aimed to created new trails for the purpose of eco-tourism. More



In collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia, PBF and Yayasan EMKAY have contributed to three students that carrying out masters researches on the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex (BTFC). Researches in progress are mainly on the Temengor Reservoir, cages cultures, sustainability of Temengor and water quality. The research titles and respected students are:

1. Dhiya Syafiqah binti Ridzuan – Habitat Characterization and Effect of Global Warming on Aquatic Macro invertebrate in selected feeder streams of Temengor Lake, Perak.
2. Muzzalifah Bt. Abd Hamid – The Effect of Commercial Tilapia Cage Cultures in Temengor Reservoir, Malaysia.
3. Nor Aisyah Binti Omar – A Limnological Study of Temengor Lake with Special Reference to Dark Zone.

Also, in association with Kyoto University, Japan, PBF are researching on the Tapirs in Belum-Temengor. The aim for this study will be to further understand the behaviour of Tapirs, in the effort of protecting the animals as they are one of the most endangered species in the world.

We are welcoming researchers all over to collaborate with us to further understand the Malaysia's Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex.
Green Ranjer

Green Ranger Malaysia

With the collaboration of Yayasan Emkay and Pulau Banding Foundation, we had organized a Green Ranger Malaysia programme specifically for students. The purpose of the project is to increase the awareness of the students regarding on the importancy of the nature as well as its conservation. This project is very well-accepted by schools and parents thus increasing the rate of success of the whole project. Lately, on 15-17 September 2012, with the help from Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya, Green Ranger Malaysia Camp was held. 40 students including teachers and 4 secretariat from Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya were participate in this project. Students participated are from SMK Seksyen 4 and SMK Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara.


To nurture and develop a community of children and young adults to become responsible stewards of our natural resources and environment


To educate children and young adults to become informed, engaged and critical thinkers to lead the charge for sustainable development. The Green Ranger Malaysia strives to develop and implement appropriate experiential learning programs to help promote the restoration, rehabilitation, conservation and protection of the environment through:

  1. Creative and Fun Learning where children and young adults are nurtured to understand the connection between the environment and its ecosystems, the community and the world.
  2. Engagement in Community Service projects that help to restore, rehabilitate, conserve and protect the environment.
  3. Educational Focus on Sustainable Development that aims to meet human needs (such as energy, water and food) while preserving the environment – to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future generation.

Guiding principles to accomplish our VISION and MISSION :-

  1. Adopting a problem-solving learning approach that helps Rangers to understand what it means to be positive and productive members in their respective schools, homes, business and communities in areas of environmental sustainability and biodiversity protection
  2. Providing and integrated approach in seeking solutions to current and potential world environmental issues
  3. Inspiring and motivating Rangers through active and engaged learning to acquire in-depth knowledge of the environment and biodiversity.
  4. Imparting knowledge and skills in technology and tools for Rangers to understand and appreciate their environment and its biodiversity.
  5. Training Rangers to be environmental leaders so that they become ambassadors to their respective schools and communities
  6. Catalyzing members to from Green Ranger clubs and associations in their respective schools and universities
  7. Spreading messages of love, care, respect and protection of the environment and the wise and sustainable use of its bio-resources.
Banding Island

Banding Island

Banding Island is a 243-hectare inland island encircled by the Temengor Lake. The fact that it is a 130 million year old rainforest island speaks for itself.
It is surrounded by a man-made lake created in the late 1960s by constructing the Temengor Dam and flooding the valleys of the Upper Perak River and its tributaries. Initially, the construction of the dam was to generate hydro-electric power and to deprive communist terrorists then of one of their few remaining infiltration routes from their bases in southern Thailand.
Banding Island hums with an incredible diversity of life, it is that very place for you to find solitude and to be one with nature. For more information, please visit Banding Island

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