Forest Research work in Borneo completed! After 5 grueling rounds of data collection spread over 8-months ( read more about Stage 1 , Stage 2, Stage 3 here ) involving the collection of all above-ground trees (>10cm) and dead wood in 22ha of virgin, degraded and plantation forest, Michael has finally completed the data collection stage of the research and will now move on to the final stage of data analysis and write-up.
During the final data collection, Michael and his team journeyed to Sapulut Forest Development (Tibow district) and Sabah Forest Industries (Sipitang district) which saw the team clock an impressive 9 hours of walking/hiking a day that averaged 11km a day! Tidak Jauh!! (not far!!)
“It is a feeling of accomplishment that my team faired so well in the field. Considering the distance traveled and its weight, I am very impressed by both the professionalism and determination the team displayed throughout this period. This was by far, the most challenging phase of the research, and to finish so strong is an understatement” stated Michael. “The boys did a wonderful job learning about the forest, the species, its composition and how it represents a true potential to climate change mitigation. The core team demonstrated their sincerity towards proactive forest management and have all pledged to submit applications for service in the Sabah Forestry Department. This is truly a fantastic outcome of the research” he continued.
The next phase of the research will consist of data analysis and interpretation with acute guidance by the PhD supervisory and advisory panel. “The next phase of the research is going
to be really exciting as the information will then be able to tell how the story finishes. I truly hope it is positive” stated Michael. The final research stage may be completed within the next 10-12 months that will see the completion and publication of the PhD to the global community.
Camps International will continue to support Michael’s research through proactive engagement where Michael will be presenting his work to the international community in the upcoming months. This in turn will provide the impetus to increase the awareness of forestry and climate change and proactively endorse the presence of Camps International and our programs to communities and countries further afield.
Well done Michael and team, keep up the good work!
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