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Story Publication logo December 16, 2021

The Women Tree Planters of Sukau

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An eye-level view of the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, which is the second longest river in Malaysia. JT Platt / Shutterstock. Undated.
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A native grandmother becomes an unlikely environmental hero, leading an all-women tree planting team...

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Since 2008, women from Sabah’s Sukau Village have planted trees to connect forest fragments and preserve the area’s biodiversity. COVID-19 stopped their work for months, resulting in the deaths of many newly planted trees. Now, they have returned to the forest.


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