After a successful recce in 2012, we’re really excited to be planning our first full biodiversity and cultural survey of this isolated mountain peak in Central Kalimantan. Forest types include degraded, secondary, primary, sub-montane and montane. We’re expecting to find high levels of endemicity, and we’re almost certain that new species will be discovered.
In addition, the mountain figures strongly in local traditions and beliefs, and we will incorporate a study of the customary significance, mostly through multimedia documentation.
Mt Kinabalu is a well studied and protected landmark in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Every year thousands of visitors climb the challenging tourist trail to the summit. However, the original route led by the first recorded person to summit the mountain, Sir Hugh Low, is very different.
We decided to try to trace the original route as a recce to determine if there was any contribution to wider conservation to be made by conducting a full scale expedition along it.
Bukit Batikap is onee o the highest (possiby the highest) peak in Bukit Batikap Protection Forest, in Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan. It is one of the most remote places it is possible to be on the island of Borneo, but it is an important source of non timber forest products for the peoples of the region.
As part of our participatory mapping project with a remote community, we followed a team of indigenous people to the summit, to map, to explore, and to consider the logistics of a possible research expedition to this area.
The Murung Raya Expedition was our inaugural project, combining scientific research and interactive multimedia to Disover, Educate, and Inspire
The expedition was an ambitious and pioneering project that has was won awards and plaudits from some of the biggest names in conservation and exploration: a multidisciplinary expedition to one of the most remote areas of threatened rainforest in the very centre of the island of Borneo.