Peninsula to lose forested area nearly the size of Singapore, says watchdog group

PETALING JAYA: Forests totalling nearly the area of Singapore, or roughly three times that of Kuala Lumpur, have been earmarked for clearing in Peninsular Malaysia, according to a survey by the Rimba Disclosure Project (RDP).

Malaysia will see deforestation amounting to at least 72,584.73ha in the near future, as 86 environmental impact assessments (EIAs) involving forested land have been approved, 28 listings of forests for sale have been identified, and one project involving deforestation is ongoing.

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