Malaysia maintains over 50% of land under forest cover

Malaysia currently maintains more than 50 per cent of its land under forest cover, according to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia currently
maintains more than 50 per cent of its land under forest cover, according to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

Total land area under forests in Malaysia stood at 18.48
million hectares (ha) or 56.4 percent of its total land area,
as of 2010.

"The government is committed to managing the forest in
line with the practices of sustainable forest management.

"And we strongly uphold the government`s commitment to
improve the livehood of the people while fulfilling
obligations in eradicating poverty," said the ministry
statement.

The government, it said, had dedicated a total of 1.83
million hectares as a network of protected areas for the
conservation of biological diversity.

They include reserve forests, national parks, wildlife
reserves and sanctuaries, nature reserves, bird sanctuaries
and marine parks.

The ministry noted that under a national tree-planting
campaign, Malaysia had planted 8.5 million trees covering an
area of 9,611 hectares as of last month.

The "26 Million Tree-Planting Campaign" was launched on
April 22 last year in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations.

PTI

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