- South Peat Swamp Forest
THE Kuala Langat South Peat Swamp Forest issue is heating up with various parties hitting out at the state government for its non-action on the matter.
There are still wildlife in the reserve and a hasty conversion to agriculture will lead to the extinction of many species. Peat Swamps were able to store a lot more carbon than other types of forest in the decaying vegetation that builds up as peat. “Unlike dry land forests, peat land continuously accumulate and store carbon.
- Forest Reserve to grow Oil Palm
MNS notes that scientists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia doing research in Kuala Langat South found that the forest was extremely rich in species, with a high potential for finding insect and animal species that have never before been recorded in Malaysia and some which were entirely new to science. Scientific expeditions in recent weeks further produced evidence of the presence of sunbears and panthers in the Kuala Langat South Forest Reserve.
- Save the Rain Forest
Bario is in an area officially designated the Heart of Borneo, a new kind of conservation zone launched in 2007 to help protect the island's forest, one of the largest after the Amazon jungle. Unlike other national parks and conservation areas, where logging and other activities are restricted by law, the Heart of Borneo is essentially a voluntary protection zone, in which environmentalists and government officials have formally pledged to work together to better manage an area roughly the size of Utah. Its borders were drawn in consultation with the World Wildlife Fund, and its management doesn't yet involve major new legal protections for the forest.
- Demystifying Forensic Forestry
The database she is developing is a modified version of the DNA profiling systems used in human forensics, except that her's revolves around a valuable species of hardwood tree, Cengal, which is one of the most expensive timbers in Malaysia.
- Forest Reserve in Pangkor
THE Perak Forestry Department should identify a suitable forest reserve in Pangkor to create a botanical garden for tourism and research purposes, such a garden would encourage more tourists to visit the state which would benefit the local communities.
- Forest Research Centre - Sabah
Sabah is fast emerging as a key tropical forest research centre, with three of the state’s key pristine conservation areas now attracting international scientists. Other research efforts included the role of logged forests and forests within agriculture plantations in supporting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and the changing climate of South East Asia and its likely impact on forest systems.
- Forest reserve gazetted in Puchong
A 22.26ha site in Puchong has been gazetted as a forest reserve. Selangor has declared that the area shall be a permanent forest reserve known as Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve (Extension).
- Rape of Lenggong forest reserve
The Forestry Department is alarmed over the rape of a forest reserve in Lenggong where trees have been illegally felled for their quality timber worth about half a million ringgit. The activity, deep in the Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve, is believed to have gone on for the past six months.
- Development project in Forest Reserve
A massive development is taking place on a site in Section 11, Kota Damansara, which may be within the Kota Damansara Forest Reserve gazetted in February.
“FruitPlast” converted tropical fruit waste into flour which was then fabricated into biodegradable plastic film. As the process used low-cost technology, it was more cost effective than biodegradable plastic made from sugar cane or corn husks.
- SAFE Project
the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems project - the largest ecological experiment of its kind ever established.
the SAFE project was to help protect rainforest ecosystems and conserve the biodiversity they support within the context of agricultural production in Malaysia.
South-East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP) will coordinate and manage research aimed at understanding the impacts of forest modification (conversion of forests into oil palm plantations) on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and provision of ecosystem services.
- Saving Temenggor
The Body Shop, MNS team up to protect rainforest.
IN keeping with its values of protecting the planet, The Body Shop has successfully run its Kick The Bag campaign for over three years, collecting over RM700,000 for charities, and most importantly, saved some 1.4 million paper bags.
- Selangor Peat Swamp
Endangered wildlife such as the sun bear, tapir and white-handed gibbon also find a home in Langat South. The Selangor pygmy flying squirrel (Petaurillus kinlochii) has only ever been found in the lowland forest of Kuala Langat, Klang and Kapar, but it is uncertain if the species still exist in Langat South since no one has bothered to look for it.
- Vanishing wetlands
As the forest disappears, so do its inhabitants. We lost a rare tree species, Croton macrocarpus, so far found only at the Telok forest reserve near Klang, when the whole peat swamp forest was cultivated.
- Before it is Too Late
Recognised as one of 12 countries blessed with mega biodiversity, Malaysia has difficulty securing its remaining wildlife.
In the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, Malaysia has the world’s third highest number of plants and animals threatened with extinction. The list warns of the disappearance of the tiger, sambar deer, rhinoceros, elephant, tapir, sun bear, orangutan, pangolin, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, among others, if business-as-usual continues.
- Tree Cover-up
WHAT is a forest? For many of us, it would mean virgin forests, full of soaring trees and wild flora and fauna. But for the many international bodies and treaties found in the world, a forest can be that and many other things.
Various conventions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and bodies such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and International Tropical Timber Organisation, all define the term “forests” differently.
- Forests to Tree Farms
We are losing our natural forests to tree plantations yet on paper, all is well because these plantations are considered ‘forests’.
MOST of the wood-based products which we use in our daily life, be it paper or wooden furniture, are made from materials which have been sourced from forest plantations.
Not the real thing: Forest plantations are nothing like biologically-rich natural forests and therefore should not be deemed as forests.
- Forest by the Coast
TOURISTS will have another reason to visit Port Dickson when the 1,300ha Sungai Menyala lowland forest park opens its doors to the public next month.
The park, believed to be one-of-its-kind in this part of the country, is also an “eco-edutourism” centre — apart from promoting eco-tourism activities — it also doubles up as a research centre for those who wish to know more about tropical forests.