Deforestation rate in Malaysia more than triple that of Asia combined: report

The report commissioned by the Netherlands-based Wetlands International says that Malaysia is uprooting an average of 2 per cent of the rainforest a year in Sarawak, its largest state on the island of Borneo, or nearly 10 per cent over the last five years. Most of it is being converted to palm oil plantations, it said. The deforestation rate for all of Asia during the same period was 2.8 per cent, it said. In the last five years, 353,000 hectares of Malaysia's peatlands were deforested, or one-third of the swamps which have stored carbon from decomposed plants for millions of years. 'We never knew exactly what was happening in Malaysia and Borneo,' says Wetlands spokesman Alex Kaat. 'Now we see (that) there is a huge expansion (of deforestation) with annual rates that are beyond imagination.' 'Total deforestation in Sarawak is 3.5 times as much as that for entire Asia, whi...

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