To conduct biodiversity and environmental research at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre or for collaborative research with IBER, please contact IBER Research Coordinator for further details.


Permanent plots under IBER

Permanent plots under the administration of the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER), Universiti Brunei Darussalam

The Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) currently administers and manages a network of 1 ha plots throughout Brunei Darussalam. Plots are mainly in lowland mixed-Dipterocarp Forests in the Belait, Tutong and Temburong districts, with two additional 1 ha plots in heath (Kerangas) forest in the Belait district. In addition to these 1 ha plots, IBER also administers and manages nine 0.25 ha plots set up at three altitudinal ranges: Plots 1 to 3 (200 m.a.s.l.), Plots 4 to 6 (500 m a.s.l.) and Plots 7 to 9 (850 m a.s.l.), as well as the 25 ha UBD-CTFS Plot at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC).

Researchers interested in working at any of these permanent plots are subjected to the IBER guidelines for the use of the IBER permanent plots.

For further details, please contact the Director, IBER.

Figure 1: Locations of UBD/IBER Permanent Plots

Figure 2: Location of permanent plots at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre


Davies S.J. and Becker P. (1996). Floristic composition and stand structure of mixed dipterocarp and heath forests in Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Tropical Forest Science. 8(4). 542-569.

Pendry C.A. and Proctor J. (1997). Altitudinal zonation of rain forest on Bukit Belalong, Brunei: Soils, forest structure and floristics. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 13(2). 221-241.

Small A., Martin T.G., Kitching R.L. and Wong K.H. (2004). Contribution of tree species to the biodiversity of a 1 ha Old World rainforest in Brunei, Borneo. Biodiversity and Conservation. 13. 2067-2088.

Hedl R., Svatek M., Dancak M., Rodzay A.W., M. Salleh A.B. and Kamariah A.S. (2009). A new technique for inventory of permanent plots in tropical forests: a case study from lowland dipterocarp forest in Kuala Belalong, Brunei Darussalam. Blumea. 54. 124-130.

Permanent Database under IBER

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Entry Permits, Export Permits 

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