In Asia we currently have a particular focus on Malaysian Borneo (the states of Sabah and Sarawak).
A major focus at the moment is the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project, where we are working on understanding how biodiversity and ecosystem function vary in a landscape of primaru forest, logged forest, forest fragments and oil palm plantation. We have intensive monitoring plots throughout this landscape.
We also work with two intensive monitoring plots in Lambir Hills National Park in Sarawak, the highest diversity site in the Paleotropics.
We are currently setting up three plots around three flux towers in an oil palm plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. The project is aims to conduct the first systematic analysis of the full carbon cycle of oil palm before, during and after the process of replanting from an old growth to a second rotation oil palm plantation. The project is funded by, and based on, ongoing work at the SMART plantation in Riau.
Finally, we have plans to increase work in India in the near future.
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