Forest & Habitat Restoration - De-viningKinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian BorneoWhen MESCOT started its restoration efforts, the experts advised that 1m wide rows should be cut into the vine thicket on which trees were to be planted. It took only 3 months and the planting lines were no longer distinguishable - they had literally vanished - and the planted trees were smothered by a ferocious entanglement of thorny vines, climbing grasses and climbing bamboos. To counter this, MESCOT pioneered an blanket liberation treatment of de-vining. The results were astounding, natural tree seed could finally penetrate the liberated land, it could germinate and stand a chance of surviving its first infant years. Studies showed that natural regeneration in the newly liberated forest, exhibited more than 10 trees regenerating naturally for every 1 tree MESCOT planted.
De-vining and liberating the degraded forests from the explosion of vine species has resulted in widespread regeneration in areas where tree planting failed. These incredible results have far outstriped the tree planting efforts in total numbers and diversity of trees established, and is by far been the greatest help to the future regeneration of a climax rainforest. (KOPEL, 2009)