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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.
Successive state administrations have done their part in protecting Sabah's biodiversity for nearly half-a-century starting with preserving areas surrounding Mount Kinabalu as a national park.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo banned all commercial logging yesterday as rescuers rushed aid to nearly a million wet and hungry survivors of two deadly storms that are feared to have left more than 1,100 dead.
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.
INDONESIAN environmental watchdog Walhi has filed a suit against the Indonesian Government for failing to protect a Sumatran forest, the destruction of which is said to have caused flash floods which killed some 200 people last November.
A rocky pinnacle rising from the Straits of Malacca, Pulau Perak is Malaysia's outermost island, where few have ventured, apart from fishermen seeking shelter from storms. The last botanical survey dates back some 50 years and declared it a barren rock. But scientists who visited the island were pleasantly surprised to find an array of species, both on land and in the sea.