Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC)
The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) was set up in 1998, under the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre Ordinance 1997 to initiate programmes for the conservation, utilisation, protection and sustainable development of the State's biodiversity.
The State Government also enacted the Sarawak Biodiversity Regulations in 1998.
Between 1998 and 2003, the State began examining the potential for intensive biotechnology based research and product development from this vault of diverse biological resources.
In December 2003, the State Legislative Assembly passed the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (Amendment) Ordinance 2003 and reviewed and passed the revision of the Sarawak Biodiversity Regulations in Year 2004. The amendment entrusted SBC to initiate intensive biotechnology based research and development on the State’s biological resources –particularly those that have been utilised by indigenous communities and facilitate the documentation of the fast disappearing traditional knowledge of indigenous communities on the utilisation of biological resources.
Tropical Peat Research Laboratory Unit
The Tropical Peat Research Laboratory Unit (TPRL) was established in June 2008.
To be a world leader in tropical peat research
To develop the scientific, technical knowledge and understanding on tropical peatland.
1. To develop the scientific knowledge and understanding on responsible management and wise use of tropical peatland.
2. Create comprehensive database on tropical peatland.
3. Strengthen local and international research collaborations.
4. Enhance competency of researchers on tropical peat research.
5. Enhance advisory or consultancy services on tropical peatland.
The Unit’s activities aims to, amongst others, determine the carbon balance of tropical peatland and generate scientific information for its sustainable development, management and conservation.
TPRL has 5 divisions which are as follows: Environment Research Division, Crop Research Division, Molecular and Microbiology Research Division, Chemistry Research Division andAdministration and Management Division.
Its operations and research projects are funded through various sources including Federal and Sarawak State Government. Currently ourresearch collaborations are from Hokkaido University, Japan; Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Chiba University, Japan; Nagoya University, Japan; Asia and Japan Flux Groups and Japan Forest Research Institute.