ADVISORY

SOUTHEAST ASIA VERTEBRATE RECORDS (SEAVR)
END OF MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA HOSTING

24th August 2019


In 2016, SEAVR was launched to encourage amateurs to carefully document wildlife they encounter, and to attempt to build bridges between amateur enthusiasts and professional researchers.

In Indonesia and Malaysia recent changes in attitude and negative, disrespectful articles in the online press towards the harmless pursuits of amateur naturalists have led to accusations of non-citizens being engaged in illegal research.

As a consequence, as of 24th August 2019 Ecology Asia no longer hosts any SEAVR contributions for Malaysia: this applies to both citizens and non-citizens.  All SEAVR content for Malaysia has been removed.

In addition, Ecology Asia no longer hosts any SEAVR contributions for Indonesia from non-citizens. Some selected contributions submitted by Indonesian nationals are maintained in archive.

As of 24th August 2019, submissions from Indonesia or Malaysia, either by citizens or non-citizens, will no longer be accepted.


Submissions from Philippines and Indochina continue to be welcomed.

I am deeply grateful for the support given to me by a number of specialists in both Indonesia and Malaysia. I have enjoyed your correspondence and have learned much from you in the last 3 years.


Nick Baker
Webmaster: Ecology Asia