The Sabah Forestry Development Authority (SAFODA) was enacted in 1976 by the Sabah Legislative Assembly, with a mandate to establish large scale commercial plantations for the production of timber and other wood products; to rehabilitate wastelands for productive use; to protect and restore the environment through reafforestation activities and to promote the active participation of the private sector in the forest industry.
The Merica Group of Companies implements innovative economic solutions in energy, forestry and agriculture and has offices in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Germany, and Hawaii. Merica incorporates sustainability and tangible social development as core tenets in all of its global activities while seeking always to build long term shareholder value.
AFCS recognizes the importance of the natural environment and the companies land stewardship role. By allocating significant portions of the forest to conservation as either High Conservation Value Areas or simply through our landscape-level mosaic planting system, AFCS has demonstrated its commitment to protecting and enhancing biodiversity for future generations. In order to better manage the High Conservation Value areas, the company has appointed a full time conservation team and is collaborating with local and international institutions to initiate long term monitoring and research programs.
The Asian Forestry Company Sabah Project has a strong commitment to the communities in the project area established a dedicated Community Development Program (CDP) prior to the implementation of the project operations.
The CDP Department is managed by a fulltime team of professionals who work closely with community members, local government officials and partners. Since 2009, the CDP Team has been implementing sustainable strategies to create self-sustaining social, cultural and economic development
AFCS’s approach to plantation management relies on methods and species proven successful in Malaysia and incorporates product and market diversification to enhance value while reducing volatility. Specifically, the AFCS Project targets multiple forest product markets ranging from the traditional paper, building products and consumer products markets, to the emerging energy biomass market. This diversification strategy allows AFCS to maximize the value-recovery from its tree crops through full utilization of the tree.