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ESTABLISHMENT OF A GIS FOR ANALYSING BIODIVERSITY OF MALIAU BASIN CONSERVATION AREA, BORNEO

 

“Maliau Basin Conservation Area” in Sabah Malaysia has until recently been known as the lost world of Borneo. Within a large management project for the area we used Landsat images to class out botanical forest types. The classification contained all forest formations and zones with a record high 12 botanical classes including single species classes.

 

A Bio and Geo GIS were established for gathering information on biodiversity and hydrology. The Biodiversity GIS collected basic information on rare species preferences to water, botany, altitude etc. will can be used for producing potential habitat maps.

 

A predicted biodiversity map was produced, modeled from field-studies, Digital Elevation Models, digital botanical map, distance to water courses and established knowledge on species habitat preference.

 

The image data further supported many other management tasks such as mapping logging tracks to the conservation area, overview of remaining forest in the area, delineation of management zones, input data for hydrological modeling, tracing illegal forest cutting, and as input for a biological GIS for analyzing habitats of rear species. The project further contained a capacity building component in GIS and Remote Sensing for management trainees and PhD students.

 

Prins (2002) Technical Assistance Report No. 21, Mapping and GIS, April 2002, Management of Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Sabah, Malaysia, Yaysan Sabah/Danced.

 PRINS, E and WEBB, C (2003) Botanical mapping of rain forest in Borneo by the use of Landsat TM. (draft): Int. J. of Remote Sensing

Client: DANCED 1999-2002, Maliau Basin

 

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