MALAYAN RAINFOREST STATION
"CONSERVATION THROUGH EMPOWERMENT"
Malayan Rainforest Station (MRS) is a non-profit organization established in 2019.
We are based in Merapoh, Lipis, Pahang, focusing our conservation initiatives within Merapoh Forest Complex. This landscape comprises of: Central Forest Spine – Primary Linkage 1 (CFS-PL1); few forest reserves; parts of Taman Negara; and statelands including orchards and plantations.
We target that by 2025, local communities along with research entities will be actively involved in conservation initiative within Merapoh Forest Complex.
CONSERVATION IN MERAPOH
Merapoh is located in Central Forest Spine-Primary Linkage (CFS-PL1) interconecting National Park and Titiwangsa range. Due to this strategic location, Merapoh is uniquely important for the sustainability of wildlife conservation. The CFS initiatives aimed to maintain a contiguous network of forest complex through the creation of ecological corridors to link fragmented forests.
Proximity to taman negara
Merapoh is one the entrances to Taman Negara National Park making it an attractive destination for ecotourism activities. As one of the oldest rainforest, fully protected and pristine, Taman Negara holds invaluable biological resources and could be the last refuge of virgin pristine jungle and its inhabitants.
Merapoh contains high number of unexplored limestone caves suitable for research and tourism purposes. It is estimated that there are 37 limestone outcrop containing more than 100 caves and openings.
Malay community and Bateq Indigenous community live alongside the forest complex. We aim to raise awareness among these communities on forest exploitation issues & illegal poaching, also to empower them to safeguard and conserve their own land.
MERAPOH FOREST COMPLEX
MRS have multiple ongoing projects with collaborations from multiple local and international Research Institute with The Clouded Leopard Project being one of them.
MRS through its Community, Development and Empowerment unit organizes classes to the local Bateq and Malay community. Awareness programs were also organized in schools to increase interest in conservation among the school children.