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Malaysia maintains over 50 percent of land under Forest Cover
April 23, 2011
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 said they 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.
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