RIMBA SARAWAK

(Research for Intensified Management of Bio-Rich Areas of Sarawak)

Background

RIMBA Sarawak has been officially launched by the former YAB Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Adenan Satem on 20th August 2015. The State Government, through Sarawak Forestry Corporation, has committed to the international institutions through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a platform for scientific research collaboration in Totally Protected Areas in Sarawak.

Objectives

To promote international and regional collaborations with renowned universities and institutions of higher learning and institutions recognized in the field of R&D through RIMBA SARAWAK initiative with the following objectives:-

  • Study and document the plethora of biodiversity components of the wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and nature reserves of Sarawak;
  • Formulate management plans for the wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and nature reserve for their sustainability;
  • Build and enhance the capabilities and skills in research and conservation management; and
  • Disseminate through publications, conferences, seminars, workshops, colloquia and other fora on information and conservation efforts for biodiversity of Sarawak.

Collaborators

To-date, MoU’s have been signed with international renowned institutions namely:

  1. Smithsonian Institution, USA
  2. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
  3. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (NUS), Singapore
  4. Wildlife Conservation Society, Malaysia
  5. Louisiana State University, USA
  6. Singapore Botanic Gardens (NParks), Singapore
  7. University of Bristol, USA
  8. New Mexico State University, USA
  9. National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
  10. Curtin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  11. Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)

– State Agency, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

  1. Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
  2. Hornbill Research Foundation, Thailand
  3. Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Rimba Sites

Five (5) launched RIMBA project sites are:-

  1. Nanga Segerak, Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary;
  2. Nanga Bloh, Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary;
  3. Nanga Delok in Batang Ai National Park;
  4. Ulu Sebuyau National Park; and
  5. Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park

Areas of Co-operation

  • collaboration in research projects to promote knowledge and management of flora and fauna of Sarawak;
  • exchange of research materials, forms, documentations and other information;
  • establishment of joint research programs;
  • joint publications of research results;
  • handling of specimens and ancillary materials associated with researches carried out;
  • enhancement of research competencies;
  • organising workshops, symposia and other academic activities; and
  • any other areas of collaboration mutually agreed by the Parties.

Manner of Co-operation

  • promote the development of joint research proposals, relevant scientific instrument development (e.g. research station, laboratory, etc.), and fieldwork;
  • promote appropriate joint lectures, conferences and/or workshops on selected relevant topics;
  • promote  postgraduate studies and/or professional training for researchers and staff exchange programme between the Parties;
  • encourage exchange visits to widen the research initiatives and broaden the experience of  researchers of the Parties;
  • encourage exchange of scientific information and materials in the areas of mutual interest;
  • encourage mutual utilisation of the facilities and instruments of the Parties.

Roles of the Parties

SARAWAK FORESTRY CORPORATION SDN BHD (SFCSB)

  • Provide in-country logistical support and coordination of field survey logistics.
  • Assist in the acquisition of collections and export permits from the relevant State authorities.
  • Provide basic local laboratory space and some supplies for the preparation/preservation of specimens collected by the project and to provide a temporary base of operations for scientists and students.
  • Provide capable field personnel from its own staff as available; locally hired personnel to be paid by the project.
  • Facilitate the arrangements for logistical handling of field equipment, supplies, transportation and housing connected with the project.
  • Seek an appropriate local facility of SFCSB to house and curate the Sarawak portion of any relevant taxonomic collections of flora or fauna resulting from the proposed inventories or surveys.

COLLABORATORS

  • Apply for funding for the collaborative work.  Funds requested will include travel, supplies, field equipment and shipping costs necessary to carry out field research in Sarawak’s Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks.
  • Provide academic advice and supervision to Malaysian students where appropriate.
  • Provide training and seminars when possible in SFCSB’s facilities concerning methodologies, protocols and techniques of biodiversity inventories and surveys.
  • Facilitate the identification process by comparing vouchers to material in appropriate institutions, and provide identification of all material collected.
  • Obtain import clearance for any material exported from Sarawak to another destination.
  • Provide for shipment of biological material.
  • House, curate, and make available for study any biodiversity inventories or collections resulting from the proposed surveys in cooperation with SFCSB.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

  • Under this collaboration, there is no financial obligation between the collaborating parties.
  • Each Party will be accountable for its own cost and expenditures in relation to the activities undertaken under the RIMBA platform.
  • Request for any financial assistance to carry out specific project activities may be considered subject to the approval of the Chief Executive Officer, SFCSB.

CONTACT

For further information, please contact:-

RIMBA Local Coordinator
SARAWAK FORESTRY CORPORATION
Lot 218 KCLD Jalan Tapang, Kota Sentosa
93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Email:

nick@sarawakforestry.com (Nickson Joseph Robi) /
sfauyong@sarawakforestry.com (Patricia Au Yong)

11 New Species Discovery

Begonia Ubahribuensis
Begonia Rubrotepala
Begonia Hirtitepala
Begonia Fractiflexa
Begonia Devexa
Begonia Crassa
Begonia Celata
Marantaceae
Ginger
Begonia Adrinii

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