Sustainable utilization and management of mangrove ecosystems of Malaysia

  • Published source details Chong V.C. (2006) Sustainable utilization and management of mangrove ecosystems of Malaysia. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management , 9, 249-260.


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Marsh and Swamp Conservation
  1. Designate protected area

    A study in 1908–2006 of a sustainably managed mangrove forest in Peninsular Malaysia (Chong 2006) reported that it retained at least 97% of its mangrove coverage over this period. Mangrove coverage may even have increased slightly, through colonization of newly deposited sediments. For context, the study reports 16% loss of mangrove forest coverage across Malaysia between 1973 and 2000, but an increase of around 6% in Perak State (where the studied managed forest is located) between 1980 and 2000. Methods: The Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve has been protected and managed with sustainable, rotational wood harvesting since 1908. The study does not report details of the methods used to monitor mangrove coverage. Most data are taken from previously published sources.

    (Summarised by: Nigel Taylor)

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