Why degazette forest reserve, ask NGOs

PETALING JAYA: Environmental groups are disappointed with the Terengganu state government’s decision to degazette the Belara Forest Reserve, said to make way for plantations.

Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Terengganu chairperson Wong Chee Ho has called on the government to provide justification behind the move for the forest reserve, which is home to a variety of forest birds including the great hornbills, classified as “vulnerable” under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, and families of dusky langurs, classified as “near threatened”.

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