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Malaysia is not short of parks and wildlife reserves but are these sites being managed for conservation or have they merely been turned into new destinations for mass tourism?
More and more forests have fallen victim to the urban sprawl. Yet, a study shows that paving a forest over with concrete may not be the most lucrative plan, writes TAN CHENG LI.
Protected areas have received scant attention for a long time now. For a start, there is the problem of unclear boundaries, followed by ignorance of the presence of protected areas and their importance. Now to safeguard the integrity of these protected areas, a remapping exercise under the Eighth Malaysia Plan has been commissioned.
Trudge an average eight hours over backbreaking hills just to get salt? Yes, some folks do it. LEONG SIOK HUI retraced villagers' footsteps on a five-day trek in Crocker Range, Sabah.
Size doesn't matter, so they say. LEONG SIOK HUI discovers the adage holds true at the Bako National Park in Sarawak.
Found exclusively on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, orang utans may well be facing extinction in the wild as their habitat continues to shrink, leaving them vulnerable to starvation and poaching. An estimated 13,000 orang utans remain in Sabah today but they may all disappear over the next 20 years unless serious efforts are taken to protect these unique primates.
B>Tucked away in the northernmost corner of Perak, the launch of the Royal Belum state park marks a major milestone in the country#8217;s conservation history. As this last tract of virgin wilderness in the peninsula will soon be open for tourism, the need for a detailed park management plan has become a pressing issue./B>
One of the oldest rainforests in the world, Belum straddles northern Perak, stretching up to the Thai border. Largely inaccessible, this last wild frontier in the country is believed to be bristling with flora and fauna, but a recent survey left reseachers puzzled over the low count.
The dense forest along the Kinabatangan, Sabah's longest river, offers a breathtaking view of the last remnants of Borneo wilderness. The river and its surrounding wetlands make up one of the richest ecosystems on Earth. Eager to tap the floodplain's growing nature tourism market, villagers are beginning to open their doors to paying guests.