Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

June 18-24, 2011

Program

  • Preliminary Outline of Events

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    June 18 Arrival of the participants, registration and Ice-breaker party
    June 19 Research field techniques for detecting and monitoring carnivores
    June 20 - 21 Current knowledge of distribution and habitat associations for 24 Bornean carnivore species & identification of key localities for their conservation
    June 22 Committee meeting
    June 23 - 24 Internal meeting: Science meets decision makers- Steps towards action strategies conservation
  • June 19 - Research field techniques for detecting and monitoring carnivores

  • Eight students from the range countries will in cooperation with an experienced field researcher prepare a presentation about each of the following seven research methods:

    • 1.   Radio/satellite-tracking
    • 2.   Live capture techniques
    • 3.   Camera-trapping (2 students)
    • 4.   Transect surveys
    • 5.   Questionnaires & potential use of incidental records
    • 6.   Molecular tools
    • 7.   Vegetation surveys, remote sensing & GIS based analyses

    Each presentation will lead to a review paper about the method. The proceedings of this day will be published as a Special Issue:

    Surveying and Monitoring Carnivores in Tropical Rainforests, published in the Journal of Tropical Biology & Conservation

  • June 20, 21 - Current knowledge of distribution and habitat associations for 24 Bornean carnivore species & identification of key localities for their conservation

  • In advance of the symposium the organisers will:

    • Gather all available records (museum records & records from other field observers) and information on the ecology of 24 species of Bornean carnivores
    • Prepare posters with all these records, which will be presented for evaluation
    • Develop species-specific distribution models (recently such a model was published for the flat-headed cat, one of the most threatened Bornean carnivores)
    • Produce high resolution habitat suitability maps, based on the distribution models and the habitat requirements of each species
    • Identify key localities for the conservation of each species
    • Identify the conservation needs and the required action steps for each carnivore species

    For each species the results will be first presented and then discussed in the plenary.

    June 21 (afternoon):

    Regional Working Groups (Brunei, Kalimantan, Sabah & Sarawak) Agenda:

    • 1.   Identify areas with the highest species richness of carnivores
    • 2.   Identify key areas for the most threatened species
    • 3.   Establish priorities for conservation actions

    Results of the working groups will be discussed in the planery.

    June 20, 21 Output:

    Special issue of Cat News - Bornean Cats

    Special issue of Small Carnivore Conservation - Bornean Small Carnivores

    Special issue of Otter Specialist Group Bulletin - Bornean Otters

    In each issue the status of every species will be reviewed and results of the distribution models, habitat suitability analyses and the key localities will be presented. These special issues are also a platform for students and scientists from the range countries to present the findings of their research. These papers can be submitted before or within two weeks following the symposium.

  • June 22 - Committee Meeting

  • The organising committee will prepare the discussion papers and presentations for the following two days, based on recommendations from the first 3 days of the symposium.

  • June 23, 24 - Internal Meeting: Science Meets Decision-makers - Steps Toward Action Strategies Conservation

  • June 23:

    Morning:

    • Opening ceremony
    • Welcoming of representatives from the range countries
    • Introduction to the diversity of Bornean carnivores
    • Presentations of the outcome of the first three days

    Afternoon: Country/state working groups (Brunei, Kalimantan, Sabah, Sarawak):

    • Identify 3-5 key localities for the conservation of carnivores(in each working group)
    • Action strategies for each key locality should be formulated

    June 24:

    Regional Working Groups (Brunei, Kalimantan, Sabah & Sarawak) Agenda:

    • Summary of the regional working groups with plenary discussions
    • Plenary discussion on trans-boundary projects:
      • 1. Heart of Borneo
      • 2. Beyond the Heart of Borneo: smaller trans-boundary projects complementary to it
    • Discussion on the potential of funding larger initiatives for habitat restoration, wildlife corridors

    June 23, 24 Expected Output:

    To lay the groundwork towards action strategies of the highlighted key areas. We envisage that regional action plans should be prepared following the symposium by the governmental authorities and researchers from the regions.