The Mescot Initiative is fundamentally concerned with protecting the forest habitat, wildlife, and biodiversity of the Lower Kinabatangan region while preserving the livelihood of the local population.
KOPEL is a village-based co-operative. They are a joint venture of local rural people, fishermen and farmers. Their mission is to create an alternative path of co-existence with the remaining rainforest ecosystems, nurture and protect these special places, and generate a sustainable long-term income generation for the local people of their area. The driving mechanism is Eco-Tourism. The core business activity and the product is the Conservation of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity of the Lower Kinabatangan. The relationship between tourism and conservation is key to sustaining alternative livelihoods, as well as the long-term protection and restoration of the last remaining habitats, rainforests, and wildlife of the Lower Kinabatangan.