Introduction

Registration for presenters is extended until January 2, 2016

Borneo or Kalimantan is the largest island in Asia and third largest in the world with an area of 743,330 km2; the highest peak is Mount Kinabalu (4,095 m) in Sabah, Malaysia. The widest part of the island is located in Indonesia (73%), the rest is in Malaysia (26%) and Brunei Darussalam (1%). Borneo has some the most extensive and longest river systems in Southeast Asia, e.g. Kapus River, West Kalimantan (1143 km), Mahakam River, East Kalimantan (980 km), Barito River, South Kalimantan (880 km) and Rajang River, Sarawak ( 562 km). Borneo has also a very extensive karst system with the world's longest underground rivers.

In the Ice Age, Borneo, Java and Sumatra joined the Asian mainland; melting ice causes the island is separated from Java and Sumatra by a shallow water. Meanwhile, Borneo separated by a deep sea to Sulawesi and the eastern islands. Thus, the biodiversity of Borneo tend to be similar to the Asian region and different to Sulawesi and Papuasia-Australia.

Borneo is home to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, 140 million-year-old. The island has a very high biodiversity, as well as being the center of evolution and distribution of endemic plant and animal species. On this island there are 15,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees (267 dipterocarp species), 221 species of mammals, 420 species of birds, 440 species of freshwater fish and hundreds to thousands of shallow sea water fishes. Tropical rain forest is a habitat for several flagship species such as Borneo orangutans, Java elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, Borneo clouded leopard and others.

Borneo anthropogenic pressure gets very high, includes logging for the plywood industry, land conversion to oil palm plantations, coal mining, burning of forests to agricultural land, and construction of a giant dam in Sarawak. However, Borneo still leaves considerable biodiversity. In the program "Heart of Borneo", initiated by WWF in 2007-2010, has found 123 new species. Conservation, utilization and biodiversity research finds its place on this island.


THEME:
Heart of Borneo: the Conservation, Research and Sustainable use of Biological Diversity in Borneo


SUB-THEMES:
1. Genetic diversity
2. Diversity of species
3. Diversity of ecosystems
4. Ethnobiology
5. Life Science and Technology


TIME AND PLACE:

To facilitate transportation, the conference is moved to:

Place : Hakaya Plaza Hotel Balikpapan, Jalan Marsma R Iswahyudi, Balikpapan Selatan, Kalimantan Timur 76115, Indonesia, +62 542 7578888. (The same location with Sepinggan International Airport, Balikpapan)
Date : 14-16th January 2016
Time : 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WITA
 

Formerly:

Place : Ballroom (Ruang Serbaguna), Rector Bld. 2, Fl. 4, Campus of the Mulawarman University, Samarinda-75123, East Kalimantan.
Date : 14-16th January 2016
Time : 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WITA
 

 

Note: All manuscripts relating to the sub-themes can be submitted, not only from Borneo.