Yet research and conservation activities in the area have stalled in recent years. The once magnificent Rekut Research Station has been neglected and Barito Ulu is coming under increasing threat as coal mining, logging and plantation agriculture are invading this remote region. As Kalimantan’s peatlands and lowland forests are cleared at an ever‐increasing rate, these rugged landscapes in Borneo’s interior may be the last refuge for many threatened species, including its apes.
We are working to reinvigorate research here, rebuild the Rekut Research Station and protect the region’s forests that are critical to ensure water supply, reduce the impact of droughts and fires, and support ecological and economic stability in the lowlands. We are establishing a collaborative conservation network with local community groups, NGOs, government, industry and academic bodies to promote sustainable development, and protect habitat and wildlife across the wider Barito Ulu Landscape.