RIMBA Sarawak (Research for Intensified Management of Bio-rich Areas) was launched by YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan Bin Haji Satem, Chief Minister of Sarawak on 20th August 2015. Under this initiative, the State’s biologically rich Totally Protected Areas (TPAs) will be opened up for international research studies for the purpose of eventually achieving sustained conservation of its rich biodiversity. Four specific field sites have been selected for empirically guided, intensified research programmes - Nanga Segerak and Nanga Bloh in Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, Nanga Delok in Batang Ai National Park, and Sebuyau National Park. Objectives of RIMBA Sarawak:-
(i) To provide a platform for international collaborative research in developing intensive, practical conservation management procedures for bio-rich areas;
(ii) To provide trained scientist as well as scientific data for forest management certification; and
(iii) To showcase Sarawak’s conservation efforts in the international arena.
To date, six MoUs have been signed with eminent international institutions, namely:-
1. Smithsonian Institution of Washington D.C., USA
2. National University of Singapore’s Lee Kong Chian Museum of Natural History, Singapore
3. Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
4. Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, USA
5. Louisiana State University, USA
6. University of Bristol, UK.
SARAWAK FORESTRY hereby welcome international and local research institutions and universities to conduct research in our TPAs. Please contact us for further information and details.