A number of things should be noted by the field assistant for one’s safety and well-being, due to the fact that field trips will be conducted in various types of forests, where wildlife encounters are a possibility.
All team members shouldstick togetherduring hikes and at least 2 persons shall sit at a listening post.
Do not separatefrom the group unless you are accompanied by another team member. If being alone is necessarily (i.e. toilet break), you must inform another team member.
If you are separated from the group in the forest, without walkie-talkie in your hands, nor phone reception, you canshout “wooohooo” to get the attentionof other team members. Do not call them by name. Make sure everybody is aware of this kind of calling.
Do not litterin the forest – all rubbish is to be kept and discarded later (when back at the field station/ village).
Do not removeany forest products: rattan, herbal plants, fruits, minerals, animal products.
Do not attempt to poach(shoot, snare, poison, etc), use dynamite, or breakup any land for cultivation or any other purpose.
Do not cut, mark, ring or tap any tree.
Wear a life jacketwhile travelling on boat.
Be aware of possible fast currents when swimming in a forest rivers, or depth of a lake.
Do not use soap, toothpaste or any foam-producing agents that pollutes the river.Use environmental-friendly(non-foaming) alternatives.