The Heart of Borneo (HoB) Initiative is a voluntary transboundary cooperation between Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia to enable conservation and environment protection while enhancing sustainable development that improves the welfare of those living on the island.
From this perspective, the HoB Initiative constitutes a framework for technical cooperation with fully respecting each other’s sovereignty, policies and development needs for the benefit of present and future generations.
The three ASEAN nations cooperation was officially launched in Brazil on 27 March 2006.
On 12 February 2007 the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia; the Minister of Forestry, Republic of Indonesia and the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam, signed and jointly issued a Declaration in Bali, Indonesia.
In view of the global concerns and great importance on tropical forest development, the long- term objectives of the HoB Initiative, as enshrined in the Bali Declaration is ambitious, bold and imaginative:-
“With one conservation vision and with a view to promote peoples’ welfare,
we will cooperate in ensuring the effective management of forest resources
and conservation of a network of protected areas, productive forests and other”