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Clouded Leopard Conservation and Research in Borneo
The BRINCC Expedition

Investigators: Dominic Rowland, Dr. Susan Cheyne, Laura D'Arcy, Andrea Hoening, Michal Zrust, Katherine Breslin, Juli Setiawan, Peter Houlihan, Mila Rahmania, M. Yunnus Adrian Saputra, Iis Sabahudin, Yiyi Erisa, Andhi Suncoco, Pak Aspur
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The BRINCC Expedition is a four month long expedition up the Murung River and into the Murung Valley, which sits in the heart of Indonesian Borneo. The Murung Valley is a remote wilderness surrounded by rugged hills and covered in 'stunning' dipterocarp forests. Little scientific knowledge is available about this area, however its high biodiversity and local communities are already under threat from industrial mining and logging operations. This not only displaces endemic and possibly unknown species, but also hurts human livelihoods as local resources are destroyed or polluted.
In order to better understand not only the biological but also human environment of the Murung valley, a team of nine researchers from around the world have united with local Bornean efforts. The group will fly, drive, and boat to the village of Tubang Tujang, where they will split into two teams. A biological team will leave the village to live in primitive low-impact sites in the forest, studying wildlife populations and developing future conservation initiatives. At the same time, a social team will stay in Tubang Tujang (and surrounding villages) to conduct surveys, interviews, and focus groups as well as document pollution levels and the local impact of industrialization. The social team will cooperate with the local communities to develop resource management plans, which should empower the small villages to protect their environment and ways of life. The results of both of these studies will be used in scientific publications, school programs, environmental management plans and films to raise ecological and social awareness.
As of July 2011 the BRINCC Expedition is already well underway. The researchers have reached Tubang Tujang and have split into the two distinct teams. The social team is already busy while the biology team has made camp and, with what seemed to be an inaugural visit by a troop of proboscis monkeys, have started work documenting the local wildlife. Tweets and blog posts are coming in as we speak at the BRINCC site. If you feel like a wider perspective or maybe learning what you can do to help BRINCC visit their official website.