November 16, 2010
Pasoh houses FRIM’s first research station
THE Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) recently celebrated its first
research station, located in Pasoh Forest Reserve, Negri Sembilan.
Scientists who have conducted various studies at the site for over 25 years
gathered to share their research findings, which have contributed significantly to the enhancement of scientific
knowledge and understanding of lowland biodiversity and ecosystems.
Among the pioneer scientists at the Pasoh International Symposium, held at the
institute in Kepong, were renowned ecologists — Dr Stuart Davies from Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
(STRI) and Prof Dr Toshinori Okuda of National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) of Japan.
The symposium, held in conjunction with the celebration of FRIM’s 25th year
anniversary, was launched by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Aziyah
“Malaysia has implemented the National Policy on the Environment 2002, which
recognises the need for conservation of its natural heritage through research, education and public awareness, and
the Pasoh Forest Reserve is an excellent example of such a heritage.
“Pasoh was designated as a Biosphere Reserve under the United Nations’ Man and
Biosphere programme in its early years given its pristine environment, potential for on-going scientific research
and monitoring as well as close ties with its surrounding communities,” said Aziyah.
“Through partnership with the Negri Sembilan Forestry Department, the Pasoh Forest
Reserve has since gone on to become a prominent research centre.”
Aziyah said FRIM’s long-standing research collaborations with numerous
international institutions including STRI and NIES have resulted in the publication of more than 200 scientific
papers and journals specifically on Pasoh.
The forest reserve plays a key role in the study of how climate change is
affecting the biodiversity of tropical forests and the various long-term studies will contribute greatly towards
providing answers to some pressing issues related climate change, she added.
The Pasoh Forest Reserve, established in the early 1970s, has attracted many local
and foreign scientists to conduct long-term collaborative studies, of which some are still on-going, on
biodiversity, sustainable management of tropical forests, and the role of tropical forests as carbon
Today, the Pasoh research plot, co-managed by FRIM and the Centre for Tropical
Forest Science (CTFS), is part of a global network of over 40 forest research plots around the world for study of
tropical and temperate forest function and diversity.
The symposium, organised with the collaboration of the Negri Sembilan Forestry
Department, was attended by about 100 participants comprising researchers, graduate and post-graduate students and
representatives from relevant government agencies.
Former FRIM director-general Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor, delivered the keynote
address titled, “The Spirit of Pasoh.” Davies gave an overview on “Vegetation Research at Pasoh: Long-term Trends
in Dynamics and Composition” while Prof Okuda talked about “Interlinkage between the biodiversity and climate
changes: Towards good use of Pasoh assets.”
In his presentation, Prof Okuda said the NIES scientists had learned and acquired
from Pasoh knowledge of the importance of plants and animal interaction for maintenance of biodiversity, ecosystem
services value and goods; and tools developed for the ecosystem management.
FRIM deputy director-general Dr Abdul Rashid Ab Malik made a presentation titled
“Pasoh: Yesteryear and the way forward.”
Source: The Star