The International Conference on Natural Resources in the Tropics to be organized by Faculty of Resource Science and Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak is back for the fifth time in 2017. NRTrop5 brings together researchers from many disciplines: botany, zoology, mycology, ecology, and related fields such as sustainable utilization, ethnobotany and indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge. With increasing biological research in the humid tropics we are now increasingly better able to understand the diversity and dynamics of its natural resources. This is vital for ecological stability and sustainability.
NRTrop5 will be held at two separate venues in central Sarawak, Malaysia: Sibu, an inland town on the upper Rajang River and the capital of Sibu Division, and Kapit town, the capital of Kapit Division on the south bank of the Rajang River deep in central Sarawak close to the confluence of the Rajang and Balui rivers. Central Sarawak, with a phenomenally rich and diverse flora and fauna, and high levels of endemism, provides an unparalleled opportunity for participants, local or international, to experience the majesty of old world humid tropical forests.
The main conference will be held at Kingwood Hotel, Sibu from 27th November to 29th November 2017. Concurrent sessions will be organized to cover the scientific program topics (below). Following on from Sibu, the participants will be brought to the next venue by a chartered express boat 3½ hours journey up the Rajang River to inner central Sarawak to the second part of the conference in Kapit on the afternoon of 29th Nov. 2017. An excursion to Sebabai, an area of moist gallery and riverine forest on shales and sandstones, 10kms away from the town will be organized on 30th November 2016, followed by the second part of the conference on the next day, 1st December 2017 at Meligai Hotel, Kapit.