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Indonesia: Rungan Forest Ecology/ Conservation field school
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Indonesia: Rungan Forest Ecology/ Conservation field school

Pre-approved for 10 CECs under SER's CERP program

7/6/2020 to 7/26/2020
When: Monday, July 6, 2020
Where: Borneo
Contact: Institute for Field Research & Borneo Nature Foundation

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Borneo is a global biodiversity hotspot and is home to countless endemic species, including the Bornean orangutan. The Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) works to protect some of the most important tropical rainforests in Borneo by conducting wide-ranging biodiversity and forestry research to make the case for conservation and demonstrate the impacts of human activities. We train students, researchers and protected-area managers, and work with local partners to implement successful conservation projects. In our new Rungan Conservation Program, we are working with local stakeholders to highlight the importance of this critical forest, which is the largest unprotected lowland forest in central Borneo and home to over 2,000 critically endangered orangutans. To fully realize Rungan’s conservation potential, we aim to map the entire landscape and its biodiversity, and bring global attention to the region. In this field school, we will complete baseline ecological surveys to understand the rainforest habitat, its biodiversity and its importance for key flagship and indicator species, including apes, butterflies, fish, and more. The field school will be led by experienced ecologists Prof. Frank van Veen and Dr. Wendy Erb, carried out in partnership with scientists from the Muhammadiyah University of Palangka Raya, and supported by indigenous community members from Mungku Baru village who have an intimate knowledge of this forest. We have an ambitious field research and conservation program planned, for which we need the support of dedicated and hard-working student researchers. 


Pre-approved for 10 CECs under SER's CERP program