To improve infrastructure to support long-term observation in Pasoh Forest Reserve.
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Construction Company :
Mr. Ting Sie Hee (Representative), Misarma Wood Working Sdn. Bhd., Lot 2075, Jln. Krokop, P.O. Box 1150, 98008 Miri, Sarawak, East Malaysia.
In the year 2005, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) of Japan funded the canopy walkway system, which was built at the cost of JPY 15,000,000 (RM 501,000). The new canopy walkway system is connected to the existing aluminum tower that was built in April 1992 in Pasoh Forest Reserve, 6 ha Plot 1. The new walkway system, which spans 490.62 m, consists of 18 suspended sections at the varying height from 15 m to 28 m, 15 platforms (average measurement at about 1.5×1.5m), and three larger observation platforms (3×3m). At two of the platforms and one of the observation platforms, access ladders are built to access the tree canopy. Furthermore, a 45 m height wooden tower is built at the edge of the final walkway. This new system is expected to provide more convenient access to the upper canopy of the forest for phenological observations and flora and fauna studies in the coming future.
Information of Tower-Walkway System(2)
4/3/2005: materials brought in from Sarawak for the walkway construction
10/5/2005: Mr. Ting overseeing the workers preparing the site to built the base for the wooden tower at the end of the walkway
Worker at the base of the wooden tower
Worker constructing the wooden tower at about 8-meter height
The 40m high wooden tower (3m×3m) is completed by early of June. A vigorous shot from the bottom of the tower makes huge the tower and trees.
The first 100m of the walkway is completed by June. It lays quietly in the middle of the forest,waiting for its task to be performed soon.
One of the 13 tree-top platforms (1×1m).
A worker is doing a safety check on the new built walkway section.
This new canopy walkway system was funded by the NIES of Japan and was completed in September 2005. It is connected to the existing aluminum tower, spans about 490 m, and built with plank wood of tenalised hard timber and wire rope. No nylon netting is fixed due to its purpose as for research. It consists of 18 suspended sections at varying height-above-ground from 15 m to 28 m, and length for each section varies from 3 m to 50 m.
A total number of 18 platforms, which consists of 15 smaller platforms (average measurement at about 1.5×1.5m), and three larger observation platforms (3×3m) are built along the walkway in order to load 2 to 3 people at one time for scientific observation. Research equipment is to be installed from time to time for periodical and long-term observation and investigation.
Among the 18 platforms, two of the smaller platforms and one of the observation platforms are accessible to tree canopy where aluminum ladders (10 m to 25 m) are installed. To avoid any unexpected accidents, the canopy walkway users should wear necessary safety equipment as directed by forest management.
Novemevr 21 2005 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pasoh Forest Reserve
The opening ceremony was jointly organized by the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and the National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan (NIES) and participated by more than 100 guests from oversea, local staffs from FRIM, and others government sectors.
Welcome speech by the Senior Director, Forestry & Conservation Division FRIM, Dr. Abdul Rahim Nik. The VIP who was sitting right in front of the stage is Prof. Dr. Peter Ashton from Harvard University, USA, who was one of the pioneers for research projects being carried out in Pasoh FR since 1970's.
Speech by the Director General of FRIM, Yang Berbahagia Dato' Dr. Haji Abdul Razak Mohd. Ali.
Speech by the Director General of NIES, Dr. Ryuutaro Ohtsuka.
From the left : Dr. Yap Son Kheong (S.K.Yap Forestry and Landscape Advisory Services), Dr. Toshinori Okuda (NIES) and Dato' Dr. Wan Razali Wan Mohd. (FRIM) 2nd row from the left : Dr. Yoosuke Matsumoto (FFPRI, Japan), Dr. Haruhisa Shimoda (Tokai Univ. Japan)
Standing with camera : Prof. Dr. Kazuhiko Ogino (Formal professor from Shiga Pref. Univ. Japan)
From the right : Dr. Liang NaiShen (NIES)
The man in red shirt is Mr. Ting Sie Hee from Misarma Wood Working Company, Sarawak, who was the key person in-charge for the construction project of the canopy walkway and wooden tower.
From the left : Dr. Haruhisa Shimoda (Tokai Univ. Japan) and Dr. Toshiaki Kondo (NIES)
2nd row from the left : Dr. Kenichi Abe (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
3rd row from the left : Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw (Forest Research Institute, Myanmar) and Prof. Dr. Mazlan Hashim (UTM, Malaysia)
The two men in blue shirt are Dr. Masahiko Osawa (Tokyo Univ Japan) and Mr. Kanenori Miura (JICA Indonesia)
the Session for the exchange souvenirs between FRIM and NIES.
The Director General of FRIM and NIES cut ribbons and launched the Pasoh Caonopy Walkway.
Although it was raining from the morning, our guests couldn't wait to see the newly built canopy walkway. The organizing committee felt sorry for not being able to prepare enough rain-gears for everyone. Fortunately, route accessed to the forest is well maintained and our guests showed a little cheerful and exiting in spite of the rain.
Dr. Abdul Rahim Nik
Dr. Haruhisa Shimoda
(Tokai Univ. Japan)
Dr. Masahiko Osawa
(Tokyo Univ Japan)
Mr. Kanenori Miura
A Japanese proverbs "郷に入ったら郷に従え" ("In Rome, do as the Romans do" ; "Masuk kandang kambing mengembek, mask kandang kerbau menguak.") : our guests from Japan followed the Malays' tradition to eat using their fingers. Ummm, sedap !