Rimba, which means ‘jungle’ in Malay, is a group of biologists conducting research on threatened species and ecosystems in Malaysia, with the ultimate aim of conserving natural habitats and ecosystems.
We were established in November 2010, first as a non-profit research enterprise (002085549-T). As of 30 Dec 2016, we are officially an NGO (PPM-017-14-30122016). We are dependent on grants and donations to remain operational.
Rimba is not against economic pursuits such as logging or infrastructure development, but we believe that their impacts can be minimised.
We mainly conduct applied research that will yield evidence-based management recommendations to help decision-makers reduce (or even halt) threats to ecosystems and species in Malaysia – this is our mission and we do this with passion because we NEED a jungle out there!
In order to produce quality research based on sound science, researchers in Rimba leverage on one another’s expertise and knowledge on various taxa and ecosystems:
Expertise: Biodiversity assessments and monitoring, ecological modelling, GIS, High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF), human-wildlife conflict mitigation, indigenous peoples issues, molecular phylogenetics, protected area management, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), road impact mitigation, Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), wildlife corridor identification and wildlife trade.
Taxa: Bats, birds, butterflies, fish, large mammals, molluscs, plants and spiders.
Ecosystems: Dipterocarp forests (lowland, hill and montane), freshwater systems (rivers, streams and peat swamps), limestone karsts, marine systems (intertidal shores and estuaries) and peat swamps.
As we are a research group composed mainly of biologists and ecologists, our core work is conducting long-term, scientific research projects for in situ conservation of wild species and habitats, and we apply for grants and funding in order to do so. If you would like us to give talks on our work, or are interested in helping out with our research projects, you can find out more here.