South East Asis Rainforest Research Programme
The Royal Society is 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 a significant contribution could be made to their sustainable management and conservation particularly in the context of global efforts are primarily focussed 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
UPDATE: SECURITY SITUATION IN SABAH (July 6th, 2013)
Due to an earlier incursion into Sabah in April 2013 by a group from the Southern Philippines, a number of governments placed precautionary travel restrictions on the East coast of Sabah. The UK government has now lifted their restrictions for most of this area, including travel to the Lahad Datu airport. Please see FCO’s website for further information and if you are from another country, please be sure to check with the travel warnings from your own embassies’ website.