The man behind the Lambir Canopy Walk project.

Submitted by eyeonmiri on Thu, 2007-08-09 17:31. :: Eyes on Miri | Environment | Special interests | Tourism

Found this interesting information after some random searching on the Internet. I've stumbled upon the man who initiated the Lambir Canopy Walkway, Professor Tamiji Inoue.

The project was jointly coordinated by Abang Abdul Hamid, an Entomologist with the Forest Department of Sarawak together with the late Professor Tamiji Inoue of the Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University.

Ironically, Professor Tamiji Inoue was killed in the plane crash in Lambir Hills in 1997. There were no survivors in the 1997 crash that killed about 20 + people.

This post is to honor the Japanese man & team who cared so much about our land and research on our national parks.

The borrowed article:

Professor Tamiji Inoue was born on the island of Awajishima in Japan's inland sea and grew up in Japan's post Second World War rebuilding phase. For his undergraduate studies he took Entomology at Kyoto University's Faculty of Agriculture and having graduated he spent six months on an expedition to Chile and Patagonia, following Darwin's footsteps. His doctorate research, again at Kyoto University, was on Mantis behavior. It was during his post doctoral work that he switched to studying pollination biology through work that originally began as behavioral studies of stingless bees in Indonesia.

In 1991 he was appointed a Chair at the recently opened Center for Ecological Research at Kyoto University. Almost immediately he launched the Canopy Biology Program in Lambir Hills National Park which involved the building of two towers and 300 m of canopy walkway. More recently he began working on a second project at Kuba National Park near Kuching with the intention of building a canopy crane.

In parallel with his research work he was very active in promoting cooperative studies and was largely responsible for establishing the Diversitas in Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA) initiative. He was also a great populariser of science, which he often combined this with his passion for photography, and contributed many articles, books and school texts on ecology and environmental topics. It was his photograph of beetles pollinating an aroid that was show on the cover of the October issue.

In 1997 Tamiji Inoue was killed in a plane crash in Lambir Hills National Park.

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