By Dzaeman Dzulkifli –
On the second week of October, members of our Merisuli ground team headed out for one week to the famous Maliau Basin Conservation Area in order to carry out the large task of seed collection. The team from Merisuli including Wahid, Rasit and Jon along with two young members of the Landskap Malaysia tropical forest training program (www.landskapmalaysia.org) assisted the team.
The team’s task was to collect endangered Dipterocarpaceae seedlings that were currently fruiting. However, they also collected other species including fruit trees in order to create a food chain network for the range of primates and birdlife found at our Merisuli site.
Besides the collection activities that were on going, our ground team were joined by members of our board who were visiting Maliau as part of a larger working visit to Sabah which included the discussion to set up a Seed Bank with the Chief Minister of Sabah – YABhg. Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, Chairman of TRCRC, YABhg. Tun Jeanne Abdullah, Advisor to the Chairman of TRCRC, YABhg. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and Board member Mr. David Dzulkifli.
Out of some of the activities that were carried out during the work meeting included a tour of the research facility given by manager of Maliau Basin Conservation Area – Mr. Jadda Sgilong, meeting with visiting researches from the University of Griffith – Australia, tree climbing and canopy access demonstration by Unding Jami along with a seed collecting demonstration by the TRCRC ground team lead by Wahid Othman.