CONSERVATION OF CLOUDED LEOPARDS
AND THEIR RAINFOREST HABITAT IN BORNEO
Some of the last intact rainforests in Southeast Asia are found in Borneo. Yet most national parks are too small and isolated to protect large, wide-ranging animals from accelerating logging and climate change. TFG affiliate Jedediah Brody and Siew Te Wong, director of the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre, are seeking funds to protect habitat corridors that would link existing parks into a connected landscape that is better able to conserve biodiversity. This project will bring together Malaysian and Indonesian citizens, scientists, and government agencies, as well as national and international conservation organizations to help protect this tropical Asian wilderness.
The proposal is to explore establishing protected forest corridors to link Gunung Mulu and Pulong Tau National Parks (Malaysia), Kayan Mentarang (Indonesia), and Ulu Temburong (Brunei) into a network of sanctuaries. To ensure these corridors are effective, we need to know what types of habitats animals move through. We must then develop a roadmap toward legal protection of appropriate habitat corridors that are approved by local villagers, state and national environmental officials, and other stakeholders. We propose using two approaches simultaneously.
First, we will use field research to determine exactly where effective habitat corridors can be established. The project will use methods developed for surveying tigers in India to quantify how habitat disturbance such as logging and drought affect clouded leopard distribution and movement. Second, the project will host a series of roundtable discussions among various stakeholders. The purpose of these discussions would be to discuss how ensure long-term biodiversity goals while maintaining community support and involvement.
The project will employ and train local villagers in data collection so they become participants in future monitoring. We will also train Malaysian and Indonesian graduate students in the technical details of wildlife monitoring in order to build long-term technical capacity for conservation.
The project has most the equipment needed for this project as well as initial logistical funds to get started. The project has applied to a suite of private foundations for the rest of the funding. To find out more or to help this project, please visit http://sites.google.com/site/jedediahbrodieresearch/projects/clouded-leopard-conservation