Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Environmental PPVs - Alpha 6

Alpha 6: Biodiversity project
Harriet, Ian and Bec

Alpha 6 will be based in the Pitas district of Sabah working with the Asian Forestry Company (AFC) on a Conservation Project.

Harriet, Bec and Ian
AFC manages 60,000 hectares (25x25Km or 15x15miles) of forest around Pitas in northern Sabah on a sustainable basis. Approximately 35% of the area has been identified and protected for conservation purposes.  AFC is keen to use the conservation area, and data collected from it, to enhance the education of both young people and adults relating to the protection of this biodiverse environment and the sustainable production of timber via managed plantations.  AFC is hoping to ensure that the boundaries of the various ‘Coupes’ that they have identified will meet to create complete conservation corridors that enable mobile creatures to move around undisturbed and find suitable conditions in which to thrive.  


Alpha 6 will carry out a Biodiversity Research Project identifying the flora and fauna that occupy “Coupe 1”. We will be living in the rainforest in a camp built from materials salvaged from our surrounding area. One of the aims of the project will be to adapt and further improve our camp and make it a home from home. There is a permanent long drop and a gazebo for evening activities. We will be working alongside guides and representatives from AFC to photograph and log small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. 

The information we collect will go towards protecting the Coupe where we will be living and further support the important conservation work that AFC carry out. This is a great opportunity to get up close to the indigenous wildlife of the jungle. 

The Project Managers that the 13C venturers will be working with are Harriet Riggs a doctor from Manchester England, Bec Troode a student Teacher from Perth Australia and Ian Rowe a University Lecturer and Life Coach from Salisbury England. 

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