In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Camp Doku is located in Sarawak, a state of Malaysia, on the Island of Borneo. The camp and research center sits on 10 acres of land; 4 acres are deforested, degraded agricultural land and 6 acres are preserved, ancient rainforest. The camp is located at the gateway of a 20,000 hectares land bank and also Borneo’s national forest reserves, which includes 100,000 hectares of rainforests, and just beyond, there are approximately 100,000 deforested hectares that are destined to be used as land banks for agricultural use.
The degraded portion of Camp Doku’s land was destroyed by logging, palm oil, and rubber tree plantations as well as fruit orchards and vegetable farms. The land underwent rapid soil and ecosystem deterioration due to chemical runoff, which also negatively impacted the groundwater quality, coastal landscapes, coral reefs, and ocean life. The impacts from these negative externalities are already affecting the fish populations which are a major protein source for Malaysia.
What makes this project so valuable and interesting is that Camp Doku’s research team and campers will have first-hand experience seeing what a healthy micro rainforest should look like when biodiversity and thriving ecosystems are intact, but also how starkly different the contrast is when deforestation and unsustainable farming techniques have been deployed for over five decades. This living framework allows Camp Doku’s education and research center to observe the whole ecosystem, from the soil to microorganisms, fungi, flora, and fauna, all in its most pure, symbiotic state. And because their land is adjacent to a protected natural rainforest, this allows the camp to embark on extensive research in partnership with local universities on germplasms and other microorganisms, which allows more understanding of these native species’ genetic makeup, which is extremely valuable information for conservation, ecosystem restoration, and protection.
The task for the degraded portion will be to use this information collected from the pristine site in order to develop and create abundant, healthy food forests, restoration systems, and techniques to be used to educate farmers and communities on how to sustainably grow in the deforested land banks at the same time as reforesting the devastated rainforest.
Skilled builders, soil researchers, and volunteers.
Long-stay campers are required to obtain long-term internship visas in order to participate in the restoration programmes.
*Tourists are not permitted to perform volunteer work in Sarawak without proper immigration clearance
To be announced.
The goal of Camp Doku is to use research, education and real-life examples of ecosystem restoration and ecological farming systems – using bamboo and vetiver grass as a resource – to mitigate climate change and establish regenerative food systems.
Camp Doku will use this technical training to rally landowners around the national forest reserves to establish a sustainability pledge to work the land with ethical, ecologically sustainable inputs for the benefit of future generations. Already, some farmers from orchards, palm oil plantations, and rubber tree estates have agreed to designate a portion of their land to include ecosystem restoration systems to recharge groundwater and increase carbon capture through sustainable vegetation and produce organic matter and biochar
In addition to organised Ecosystem Restoration Camp experiences, many camps offer a range of short to long-term volunteering programmes. Facilities, cost, minimum length of stay and restoration activities vary from camp to camp. Contact the camp directly for this information via the camp page application form below.
Campers accommodation – tiny houses on stilts
Washing facilities – showers/toilets
Means of transport
Restoration of livelihoods
Educational courses and experiences
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020