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Community Protocol Access and Benefit Sharing Workshop

This workshop was organised by Sabah Biodiversity Centre and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on the 24th November 2015 at Le Meridien Hotel, Kota Kinabalu and attended by 65 participants from various ethnic groups, local communities and government agencies. The objective of this workshop was to spread the awareness and understanding of the protocol involve in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and to identify the local communities' stand and preference once the state ABS law is regulated. The speakers include Sabah Biodiversity Centre, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and BC Initiative.


Access Licence- NEW deadline

Kindly be informed that we have updated the submission deadline. The final submission for the year 2015 is on the 31st October 2015. Please make sure that you have fulfilled all the terms and conditions of submission before sending your application to us. Any incomplete/loose documents will not be entertained.

Submission from applicant to SaBC for processing

*terms & conditions apply

Committee meetings will be scheduled anytime within these period to vet your research access application

(Committee meetings to be held four(4) times a year)

01 November- 31 January

February/ March

01 February- 30 April

May/ June

01 May- 31 July

August/ September

01 August- 31 October

November/ December


International Conference on Rainforest Ecology, Diversity and Conservation in Borneo

This international conference will be held on the 9-11 June 2015 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. For more information please log on to the official website at


Announcement (Attention to all Hotmail email users- Microsoft server)

Currently Sabah Biodiversity Centre email provider is encountering technical issue with Microsoft server (hotmail, outlook, msn, live). If you have submitted your access licence application before March 2015 and expecting the result of your application, kindly email us at by using an alternative email provider so that we can deliver the status of your access licence application to you through the alternative email or you may contact your local collaborator. We are in the midst of resolving this issue.

If you are yet to submit your application to SaBC, it is advisable to provide us with an alternative email address for correspondence purposes until we resolve this issue. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Updated: 2nd April 2015 - Technical problem has been resolved


Access Licence Application Procedures

Updated: 9th March 2015

Researchers who intend to apply or renew Access Licence issued by Sabah Biodiversity Council must refer to the following instructions before submitting your application to Read More...

Important Update: You are required to use the latest form available on our website when you apply for Access Licence.


Cell-based Screening of Sabah's Natural Products

The State Government of Sabah through Sabah Biodiversity Centre (SaBC) has signed an agreement with AvantiCell AsiaPacific Sdn. Bhd. (AvantiCell AP) on 24th November 2014 in Kota Kinabalu for cell-based screening of Sabah’s natural products. This project is a continuation of the SaBC and Universiti Malaysia Sabah project entitle “Unlocking Sabah’s Marine and Terrestrial Biotechnological Potential”. This project is expected to be completed in the middle of 2016. Read More...



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