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 Tanahmas Hotel, Sibu from 27th November to 1st December 2017. Concurrent sessions will be organized to cover the scientific program topics (below). The keynote speaker of NRTrop5 is Professor David J. Mabberley AM, Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College, University of Oxford, author of the acclaimed “The Plant-Book. A Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants”, with among his varied scientific interests the taxonomy of tropical plants, especially trees of the families Lamiaceae, Meliaceae and Rutaceae. Professor Mabberley will present a keynote paper on 'Human-plant interactions, or, practical ecological biochemistry: the sustainability of tropical plant food resources'. 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. 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, keynoted by another distinguished speaker Professor David J. Mabberley AM.