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Wetland Lake Restoration - MESCOT Story Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo Please accept our apology this page is being redone and will be complete  shortly * For more information, or to arrange a stay contact KOPEL Office 
This sad sight of a globally significant aquatic habitat suffocating under the invasive weed Salvinia molesta - a site that spurs the MESCOT Initiative into action to clear the lake of Salvinia The incredible efforts of the MESCOT team (Rasit Bakiki) braves the crocodile infested waters to remove the Salvinia by hand during the early pilot initiative MESCOT team members working in crocodile infested waters to remove Salvinia during their pilot project Masnor demonstrates what we all felt at the time "up to our neck in it" - more than 33 tons of salvinia was man handled out of a 1/4 hectare area of the Tungog Lake in late 2005 Early efforts to bag the Salvinia and take it to a village composting site Early efforts to bag the Salvinia and take it to a village composting site Early efforts to bag and man-handle the Salvinia to a village composting site Early efforts to take Salvinia sludge to a village composting site Earlier attempt to compost the Salvinia off-site failed and these experimental forest composting sites show before and after with the Salvinia sludge decomposing within 6-10 months depending on the dryness of the site Earlier attempt to compost the Salvinia off-site failed and these experimental forest composting sites show before and after with the Salvinia sludge decomposing within 6-10 months depending on the dryness of the site Later in 2006 the traditional fishing "Sawak" had been modified (this one 2G) to become the teams core Salvinia removal tool The Salvinia Sludge being dumped by the "Salvinia Sawak" before being taken into the forest for composting Managing the Salvinia Regrowth with the Salvinia Sawak 3G
Salvinia today...  Learn more about the damage and continuing struggle  against this water weed... read more... 
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