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The Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit (SEABCRU) was established in 2007 to provide an organizational framework to coordinate and  implement research, capacity building, and outreach to promote the conservation of Southeast Asia’s diverse but threatened  bat fauna. It is open to anyone interested in or conducting research on bats in Southeast Asia.

SEABCRU is working on  regional assessment of the distribution, abundance and status of Southeast Asian bats through the implementation of research activities centered on four priority areas identified by consensus at a forum in 2007: flying fox distributions and population ecology; taxonomy and systematics; cave bat diversity and conservation; response of forest-dependent bats to landscape change.

The SEABCRU network is developing  standardized  research protocols for each  priority and train Southeast Asian bat researchers in the protocols through a series of workshops. Recruit students and researchers to the SEABCRU, engage them in the research priorities, promote effective international communication and stimulate collaboration.