This pilot study led by our partner, the Research Centre for Climate Change University of Indonesia, will be conducted in several habitat types inside the Bawean Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bawean Nature Reserve.
The biodiversity of Bawean is threatened by habitat loss due to anthropogenic alteration and destruction by fire forests in the dry season. Due to the island’s small size and small populations, the biodiversity of Bawean Island may additionally be especially vulnerable to climate change. However indicator species that can sense environmental changes are unknown for Bawean.
The team on the ground will conduct the inventory of some poorly-known taxonomic groups, focusing on herpetofauna, lepidoptera, and ground herbs, and may even discover new endemic species. Collected data from this pilot survey may be used as preliminary data for long term climate studies.