KUCHING, 8 August 2018 – A team of 70 researchers from UNIMAS and SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (SFCSB) took part in a scientific expedition entitled “Tanjung Datu National Park (TDNP) – Samunsam Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) Marine and Coastal Resources Expedition: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation” from today (August 8) until September 29.
The expedition which is jointly organised by Aquatic Science Programme, Faculty of Resource Science & Technology (FRST), UNIMAS and SFCSB, kicked off at 10am at SARAWAK FORESTRY’s corporate office with General Manager of SFCSB Oswald Braken Tisen representing CEO of SFCSB and Dean of Faculty of Resource Science & Technology UNIMAS Prof. Dr. Othman Bojo representing Vice Chancellor of UNIMAS symbolically flagged off the expedition.
In his welcoming speech, Oswald Braken Tisen said this was the second expedition that brought UNIMAS and SFCSB to work together after the first “Pulau Sampadi Marine Life Expedition” in 2012 and he was grateful that both parties are having good partnership over the years which resulted in mutual benefits to the academic fraternity and relevant state agencies responsible for marine and coastal conservation efforts in Sarawak.
The objectives of the expedition are to collect information and establish baseline data on the aquatic environments and its available resources from TDNP to SWS areas, to contribute to the development of Sarawak Marine and Coastal Conservation Master Plan and also to identify and recommend potential sustainable economic activities for the local communities.
Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Othman Bojo urged all researchers involved in the expedition to make full use of the opportunity to work in a collaborative manner while sharing knowledge and exchanging of skills for the betterment of biodiversity conservation and resource management, particularly for marine and coastal ecosystem at the localities.
“Various fields in the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will be covered with 22 specific research projects and the output of this expedition will be presented in Aquatic Colloquium, which will be organized in 2019 at FRST, UNIMAS and published in an index journal,” said in a statement.
Among those present were Deputy Dean of Faculty of Resource Science & Technology UNIMAS Dr. Aida Shafreena Ahmad Puad, Organising Chairman Associate Prof. Dr. Ruhana Hassan and CoOrganising Chairman for SFCSB, Abang Arabi bin Abang Aimran, as well as management team of SFCSB and researchers from both parties.