Research Groups

At Borneo Futures, we firmly believe that achieving our vision for Borneo will request better communication and networking between all groups who care about the future of this island. This section intends to give a very brief introduction  about the groups, organisations and people who all act for conserving the amazing biodiversity of the island. This list is far from being exhaustive and also we want it to be as comprehensive as possible many more names need to be added. Being listed here is not an endorsement by these organizations. 2014

We are the world’s leading research centre for solving environmental management problems and for evaluating the outcomes of environmental actions.

Our key researchers are recognized as global leaders in fundamental environmental science, and we put a high priority on the career development of the next generation of conservation researchers. We also collaborate extensively and see interactivity as the key to our success.

Founded in 1989, DICE sets itself apart from more traditionally-minded academic institutions by conducting applied conservation research that breaks down the barriers between the natural and the social sciences. It has a clear mission:

To conserve biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people, by developing capacity and improving conservation management and policy through high-impact research.

Our two research centres: the Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour and the Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology, foster cross-disciplinary research and teaching into human and animal 'life on Earth'. Postgraduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and research active staff have access to an intellectually stimulating environment with first class facilities, where innovation and collaboration are encouraged and supported.

Simply, our vision is for a more ‘just’ world, a world where the Earth’s abundant natural resources are used in truly sustainable ways and where people truly value and conserve nature’s wondrous biodiversity.Our mission at Living Landscape Alliance is to try and help to contribute towards a more ‘just’ world by bridge the gap between scientific research, policy making and implementation, across landscapes, to support efforts for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity and natural resources and enhancement of local livelihoods.

IZW conducts basic and applied research across different scientific disciplines. We study the diversity of life histories and evolutionary adaptations and their limits, including diseases, of free-ranging and captive wildlife species, and their interactions with people and their environment in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

Danau Garing Field Centre's purpose is to further scientific research with the aim of contributing to long-term conservation projects in the area, and develop a better understanding of our environment and the living things we share it with.

LOMBOK (Land-use Options for Maintaining BiOdiversity and eKosystem functions) is a multidisciplinary consortium of researchers investigating biodiversity and the services it provides in human-modified tropical forests.

Located at Danum Valley Field Centre, SEARRP was established in response to mounting concern over the future of SE Asia’s rainforests.

The Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystem (SAFE) Project stands among the world’s largest ecological experiments. The SAFE Project consists of three interconnected projects. The first of these examines ecological changes along a gradient of forest modification. The second project relies on experimentally designed forest fragments to investigate how the spatial structure of a landscape can mediate or exacerbate the ecological impacts of logging. The third project is focused on the role of forest remnants in protecting waterways.


Forestry Research in Sabah dates back to 1842 when botanical collection was undertaken on Banggi Island near Kudat. The systematic research on the forests of Sabah, however, was consolidated much later in 1915 with the establishment of the Forestry Herbarium in Sandakan. Initially research was undertaken on tree flora & plant identification, timber testing and silviculture. The present Forest Research Centre (FRC) was opened in 1974. At present, there are 11 different research programs in FRC in support of sustainable forest management in Sabah.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is a research-led institution. The university gives the highest priority to research in line with its mission to emerge as an internationally recognized seat of knowledge.

The Marine Research Foundation is a non-profit research foundation based in Kota Kinabalu. Established to further the understanding of marine ecosystems and their associated diverse flora and fauna in Southeast Asia and other Indo-Pacific sites, the Foundation carries out a number of projects related to biodiversity assessment and conservation, and seeks to provide management-oriented solutions to Government administrations and conservationists.

Borneo Marine Research Institute, created in 1995, promotes research, development and commercialization of aquatic resources, creates knowledge workers in aquaculture, marine science and marine biotechnology, and disseminates information on aquaculture, marine biodiversity and conservation.

Clouded Leopard Project conducts work to Support field research and conservation efforts for clouded leopards and their habitat; and to Develop and implement educational initiatives to increase global awareness of clouded leopards, both in and out of range countries.