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Indonesia: Endangered Tropical Forest Ecology/ Conservation field school
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Indonesia: Endangered Tropical Forest Ecology/ Conservation field school

This residential field school will be based in the Sebangau peat-swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, which is the largest remaining lowland forest on Borneo, is home to the world’s largest protected orangutan population and where BNF have been conducting research since 1999.

2/4/2020 to 2/18/2020
When: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Where: Borneo
Indonesia
Contact: Institute for Field Research & Borneo Nature Foundation

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The island of Borneo is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, home to a large array of endemic species and unique ecosystems. The Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) is a not-for-profit conservation and research organization that works to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest in Borneo and safeguard their incredible wildlife, including the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. Our wide-ranging biodiversity and forestry research is used to make the case for conservation and demonstrate the harmful impacts of human disturbance. This residential field school will be based in the Sebangau peat-swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, which is the largest remaining lowland forest on Borneo, is home to the world’s largest protected orangutan population and where BNF have been conducting research since 1999. This field course will provide insight into the tropical peat-swamp forests of Indonesian Borneo, focusing on the ecology and biodiversity of these ecosystems; local livelihood needs and priorities; the impacts of human activities on biodiversity and social benefits; current conservation challenges; and local, national and international efforts to mitigate these threats. Teaching will be through both lectures and fieldwork in the forest, drawing upon the Sebangau research projects led by BNF and others, to illustrate relevant topics and teach field research methods. This will provide practical experience with in situ scientific research and conservation efforts in the Indonesian rainforest environment. 

Website: https://ifrglobal.org/program/indonesia-peat-ecology/

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