KOPEL is the Community Ecotourism Co-operative initiative for the Batu Puteh community in the Lower Kinabatangan. It was primarily set up to promote sustainable development for the surrounding community ecologically as well as for their socio-economic well-being.
There are 4 villages that make up the Batu Puteh community, namely – Batu Puteh Village, Mengaris Village, Perpaduan Village and Singgah Mata Village. These villages have formed their ecotourism association bringing livelihoods for the local, conservation of forest biodiversity and encouraging skills developments among the local community.
Visitors are enticed to visit KOPEL because it offers various kind of activities and makes any visitors generally feels closer to the knit community. Though conservation is their major effort, KOPEL can arrange for a homestay experience, eco camp, volunteerism, jungle trekking, river cruising, birding, caving and so much more.
Their forest restoration programme is an on-going initiative to restore degraded floodplain forests. The efforts have resulted in planting more than 100,000 trees across different floodplain forest types and made the volunteering programme with KOPEL more enriching.
For a sense of cultural, adventure, nature, and educational tour, KOPEL offers a unique experience to visitors with a close affinity to environmental conservation.