Maliau Basin Conservation Area (MBCA) is a remote,
pristine wilderness located in south central Sabah. Also
known as Sabah's Lost World. Formerly part of Yayasan
Sabah Concession Area and covering 39,000 hectares, the
area was upgraded to be class 1 Protection Forest
Reserve in 1997 and extended to 58,840 hectares,
encompassing additional forested areas to the north and
the east of the Basin. Maliau received further
protection in 1999 when it was gazetted as a cultural
heritage site under the state Cultural Heritage
(Conservation) Enactment. Buffer zones surrounding the
whole Conservation Area also add to its protection.
MBCA is managed by Yayasan Sabah on behalf of the Maliau
Basin Management Committee, which also includes Sabah
Forestry Department, the Ministry of Tourism
Development, Environment, Science and Technology,
University Malaysia Sabah and several other agencies.
Over 20 staff members are based in MBCA, monitoring the
area and carrying anti-poaching patrols. A new facility,
the Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC), will be
established at the southeast edge of the Basin for
research, education and nature tourism purposes, along
simila lines to Danum Valley Field Centre, adjacent to
Danum Valley Conservation Area near Lahad Datu.