The Royal Belum State Park, Perak or also known as Royal Belum is one of the rich-megabiodiversity areas in Malaysia. The tropical rainforest area represents some of the most biologically diverse, structurally complex with about 60% of carbon stored in global forest vegetation. It is one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world and is remained as one of the largest untouched forest reserves with amazing flora and fauna in Malaysia. The area of about 118 000 ha with a large man made lake (15200 ha) namely Temenggor Lake has been contributed to the national electricity production. The area has become a place of about 3000 aborigines and attracted in average of 10000 visitors every year.
Image: courtesy of Kayak and Paddles Asia
Despite the largest continuous forest complex in Peninsular Malaysia, only few attempts have been made to conduct a centralized high impact research particularly in applying modern geospatial technology coupled to engineering, social sciences, earth sciences, and applied sciences to address the real problems related to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem in the support to resource management, sustainable developments and climate changed studies. It is in line with continous efforts of the government to internationalize the local research, to increase the high impact publications especially dealing with the preservation and controlling the source of national mega-biodiversity and ecosystem.