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trying to stay above the ground...

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In may 2017 the seventh Borneo sampling expedition was completed. This probably was the last expedition to Brunei in the framework of the COCY project. We tried our best to collect as much data and materials as we could. We have been in the jungle for two months and it was incredible! This is the best place on earth for studies on biodiversity and high canopy research. It is quite sad that it is over but we are looking forward towards new projects in the tropical rain forest. 

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Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of Brunei inhabited by over 50 000 people. It is nice but the problem of staying there is the heat. Because of the heat, people tend to spend most of their time indoors. Almost all buildings in Brunei have air condition. Inside it can be quite cold. The contrast between hot outside and cold indoor is a little hard to get used to. That’s why many people are trying to shorten the distance between their air conditioned cars and houses to the minimum. Few people are walking under open air. This is the reason why pedestrian part of the city almost does not exist. There are very few streetlights and sometimes it is quite difficult to cross the road.

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Located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, Brunei is a sovereign state covering less than 7000 km2. In spite of its small are Brunei is a paradise for scientists studying biodiversity of the rain forest. Several large national parks hold undisturbed primary forest that have nearly never been cut. There is a huge diversity of plant and animal species and there is always a good chance to discover something new.

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Water villages or Kampung Air in Malay are the wooden constructions that represent the traditional way of living in Brunei. Most of them are spread over Brunei Bay within the boundaries of the capital city Bandar Seri Begawan. Over 39,000 people live in water villages. The footage was made during WWTF sampling expeditions to KBFSC.