The Bukit Pagon expedition marks the first systematic study of the biodiversity and environment of a high altitude forest in Brunei. The forest within the UBD research area at LP 61 is montane heath forest. Heath forest is a rare forest type in Brunei, covering only c. 1% of the land area. While some studies have been conducted in lowland heath forests in Brunei, most notably in the two 1 ha UBD permanent forest plots at Bukit Sawat and Badas, montane heath forest had remained unstudied. Thus, the Bukit Pagon expedition marked a major milestone for ecological studies in Brunei by providing the first inventory of flora and fauna of this montane heath habitat.
1st July 2012 The Core, Universiti Brunei
The International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE), led by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), has launched the Bukit Pagon Expedition on Sunday, 1st July 2012 at the Core, UBD.
Present as the Guest of Honour for the ceremony is Yang Mulia Hajah Normah Suria Hayati binti Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Haji Awg Mohd Jamil al-Sufri, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
Bukit Pagon (4° 18′ 0″ N, 115° 20′ 0″ E), Brunei’s highest mountain at a height of 1850m is located on the boundary between Brunei and Limbang in the State of Sarawak. This is the southern part of the Temburong District. Mt. Pagon is only accessible by 4x4wd via logging roads crisscrossing mountain range from the Sarawak side, commencing form the small town of Limbang. Once you have passed through the logged area, the scenry opens up and the true beauty of the rain forest is revealed. The journey through to the Base Camp takes approximately 4 hours, dependant on the weather and the state of the logging roads.