1 Tahrcountry Musings: 130 Million Year Old Rainforest In Malaysia Under Threat

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

130 Million Year Old Rainforest In Malaysia Under Threat

A 130 million-year-old tropical rainforest in Malaysia is under threat from logging. 300,000-hectare Belum-Temengor Forest complex in northern Perak state is a major catchment area and supports 274 species of birds and more than 100 types of mammals, including 14 globally threatened species such as the Malayan tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros and the Plain-pouched hornbill. Environmentalists are increasing the pace of protest to save this piece of land, which is also a corridor for wildlife from Thailand. The local administration is adamant saying logging provides jobs and is essential for the local economy.

It is really sad that the Malaysian Government does not realise the folly it is commiting. This valuable 130 million year forest is something which man cannot replicate if it is lost. Please try and save it for the posterity. Environmentalists from around the world are exhorted to write to nearest Malaysian embassy.

2 comments:

Prasanth Kodai said...

Tropical rain forests, the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems occupy only 6 to 7 percent of the earth's surface but they support more than half of the world's plant and animal species.Apart form loss of species, damage to the rain forest has also caused a rise in the global climate whose effects can be felt in every corner of the world. Malaysian Government wake up please.Do not kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

Kamini said...

I subscribe to the views of Prasanth.The Malaysian Government should not squander away this precious resource.