South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme


Threats to tropical rainforests in an era of rapid environmental change – a global synthesis

A meeting at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, 6th & 7th October 2014.

This meeting will provide a comprehensive review of rainforest science – integrating biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, carbon cycling and atmospheric chemistry – examining commonalities and differences across tropical biomes and identifying knowledge gaps. The meeting will also examine threats faced by rainforests, their responses to environmental change and how the science base can more effectively contribute to the conservation, sustainable management and restoration of tropical rainforests. 

These topics will be addressed by an international group of world-leading scientists, and there will be opportunities for discussion and networking. Offers of posters welcome. 

There is no charge for registration, but numbers are limited and so only people who have registered will be admitted. 

Click here to register (which also has the timetable and speakers): 

Lunch will not be provided, but there are many opportunities to purchase food near the venue. There are also many options for overnight accommodation in London. 

Directions to the venue are available here and you can follow us on Twitter @SEARRPmeeting


The Royal Society South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP) was established in 1985 in response to mounting concern over the future of SE Asia rainforests and through a conviction that by gaining a scientific understanding of tropical rainforest systems, ecology and dynamics that a significant contribution could be made to their sustainable management and conservation, particularly in the context of an era of climate and land-use change.  Although the scope of the Programme includes all of SE Asia, our efforts are primarily focused on Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.


To enable excellence in collaborative research and training that makes a major contribution to the understanding of rainforests, their conservation and restoration and underpins the sustainable use of natural resources


  • To facilitate world-class, long-term, collaborative research in the rainforests and other natural and modified habitats of Sabah
  • To encourage multi-site, multi-disciplinary research particularly that which adds value to the major projects under SEARRP management (Sabah Biodiversity Experiment, SAFE Project, CTFS 50 ha plot)
  • To maintain and enhance the position of the Danum Valley Field Centre as one of the world’s leading tropical forest research stations
  • To ensure, through strategic partnerships, that research findings are effectively disseminated and influence land-use and conservation planning and sustainable resource management across the SE Asia region
  • To provide opportunities for Malaysia and SE Asian research students and scientists
  • To facilitate and provide a base for university and other graduate-level training courses
  • To continue to build a team of highly trained, skilled and motivated local research assistants
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