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 continuous 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.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is leading a research consortium consists of:
i. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM),
ii. Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM),
iii. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT),
iv. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM),
v. Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP),
vi. Polytechnic, Malaysia
and supported by international collaborators from :
i. the Netherlands,
iii. United Stated of America,
v. and Turkey.
This collaborative research is initiated by UTM scientists in March 2013 (see research activity in Attachment I). Several meetings and discussions have been arranged with the stakeholders, e.g. General Manager of Perak State Parks Corporation, Royal Belum Manager, Member of Parliament Gerik and State Legislative Assemblies to explicitly discuss the local issues and problems faced by the locals and also possibility to provide solutions and recommendation through the scientific research and intensive study.