Camp Foyle is possibly the most remote (and rugged!) research station in Borneo
Camp Foyle is in an area of fantastic biodiversity and lush primary lowland rainforest, with stunning mountain wilderness to the North and West, and almost every conceivable threat to forests to the South and East.
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Established on the banks of the Sungei Mohot during the Murung Raya Expedition 2010-11, Camp Foyle is one of our flagship projects. Located just inside the Bukit Batikap Hutan Lindung (Protected Forest) in Seribu Riam, Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan, Camp Foyle is perfectly situated to witness and study the complex relationships between species, environment, geography, culture, development, politics, and economics.
Mining and Timber concessions border directly with the Bukit Batikap Hutan Lindung, with two remote forest dependent communities sandwiched in between. We’re seeing attempts at land grabbing inside the Hutan Lindung, extending existing concessions dangerously deep into this unspoiled forest, so we see our presence here as a vital bastion of conservation.
There really aren’t many to speak of! At the moment Camp Foyle is an extended ‘Pondok’, built using traditional techniques for creating temporary camps and adding in a few more modern luxuries. The 4 camp buildings (Mess Tent, Sleeping Quarters, Store, and Science/Media Tent) are basic wooden structures with tarpaulin roofs, so we are totally exposed to everything (although we do manage to keep the rain out most of the time).
We can sleep and feed 20-30 comfortably, we swim and wash in the river, sleep in stretcher hammocks in the Sleeping Quarters, and communicate via radio, sat phone, or satellite internet connection.
Despite being incredibly basic and low impact in it’s design, we are able to trial and conduct some of the most advanced interactive outreach techniques right alongside scientists conducting important research into this vulnerable area of primary lowland dipterocarp rainforest.
Biodiversity Mapping continuing the first comprehensive effort to record species presence (and hopefully abundance) in the Bukit Batikap Hutan Lindung.
Impact of Hunting a 3 year study to measure the effect of local hunting pressures on population dynamics
Sustainable River Fisheries Management: : an effort to determine the causes of fish population crashes in order to facilitate effective and equitable community management of this important resource.
Alley Cropping: a study attempting to mimic the success of the Alley Cropping farming technique in Latin America as a potential alternative to swidden agriculture.
We’re working closely with two nearby communities, together developing a road map to a future where Camp Foyle is owned and operated by a community cooperative, with profits funding community development projects. And we have some plans to construct something a little more permanent to act as a living lab to trial and demonstrate low impact technologies which could benefit people across the island.
Visiting Camp Foyle
Camp Foyle is not currently open year round, but we are hoping to change that from around July 2013.