The South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP)

Our vision is for exceptional science to inspire and inform the protection and restoration of the world’s rainforests

SEARRP’s mission is to promote, facilitate and communicate great research by outstanding scientists that delivers transformational skills, sustainability and conservation impacts

Enabling exceptional science

SEARRP is among the premier rainforest research programmes in the tropics. Established by the Royal Society in 1985 and from its Danum Valley base in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, SEARRP scientists have published many hundreds of papers in the world’s leading academic journals – generating robust, peer-reviewed findings that have made a seminal contribution to the understanding of rainforests, their conservation, restoration and the sustainable management of tropical landscapes.

SEARRP works in close collaboration with leading international universities and local partners both to facilitate research by individual scientists and manage a suite of large-scale field experiments (the SAFE Project, Sabah Biodiversity Experiment and a 50 ha CTFS plot) that seek to address the major environmental issues facing the tropics – plantation development, habitat restoration and climate change.

Our goals are to:

  • Establish SE Asia’s leading centre of excellence for tropical ecosystem and environmental change research, capacity building and science communication
  • Train the next generation of SE Asian scientists, conservation leaders and environmental managers
  • Leverage SEARRP’s 30-year knowledge foundation to inform the development of policy and best practice at local, regional and global levels


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