SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION

4TH ROYAL BELUM SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION 2015
(SUNGAI TIANG & SUNGAI KEJAR)
8TH - 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2015

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SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION

4TH ROYAL BELUM SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION 2015
(SUNGAI TIANG & SUNGAI KEJAR)
8TH - 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2015

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SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION

4TH ROYAL BELUM SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION 2015
(SUNGAI TIANG & SUNGAI KEJAR)
8TH - 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2015

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Known as the Jewel of Perak, the 130 million year old Belum-Temengor Forest Complex is one of the oldest forest in the world, surpassing the Congo and Amazon basins. It is part of the megabiodiversity ecosystem in Malaysia. The forest complex consists of four main forests namely the Royal Belum, Aman Jaya Forest Reserve, Temengor Forest and Grik Forest Reserve which spans across 300,000 hectares on the northern region of Perak. Royal Belum Rainforest was gazzeted as the State Park in 2007 encompassing 117,500 hectares in the most northern part of Belum Temengor Forest Complex.


In 2012, Pulau Banding Foundation carried out the 2nd Temengor Scientific Expedition in the Sungai Enam Basin, Temengor Forest Reserve. During the expedition, variety of flora and fauna was documented and inventorised, a complete video recording of the entire expedition was produced, a proceedings and a coffee table book were published and several suitable locations of eco-tourism interest were identified.




Objective

Pulau Banding Foundation and collaboration with Perbadanan Taman Negeri Perak intends to organize the expedition in the Royal Belum State Park. This time, the main focus area will be around Sungai Kejar and Sungai Tiang, the key areas of mammals sighting, as well as rich flora populations and other fauna. The objective of the expedition is to update the inventory of biodiversity in the expedition area in line with the National Biodiversity Policy.

Who participated in the expedition?

Scientists from the local universities like UPM, UKM, UTM, UMT, USM, UM, UiTM, UNISEL and UMK participated. Among the research institutes are FRIM and MARDI participated actively. Among the other government agencies was Forest Department of Perak, Department of PERHILITAN of Perak and Institut Biodiversiti PERHILITAN Lanchang, Perbadanan Taman Negeri. Among the NGOs, both MNS and WWF participated. A total of between 180-200 scientists and personnel took part in this expedition over the 10 days period.

Expected output of the expedition

  • A complete video recording of the entire expedition
  • A scientific inventory of biodiversity found in the Sg Kejar and Sg Tiang area and an accompanying Coffee table book of the species found with Sg Kejar and Sg Tiang
  • A Seminar on the expedition to be organized in Perak in May, 2016
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    4th Royal Belum Scientific Expedition 2015


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