Malaysia: According to a report by Netherlands-based Wetlands International, Malaysia destroyed its forests three times faster than all the Asia combined, for palm oil plantations.
The report further claimed that Malaysia is uprooting an average of 2 percent of its rainforests in Sarawak every year, its largest state located on the island of Borneo, or nearly 10 percent in the past five years.
On the other hand, the deforestation rate of Asia during the similar period was 2.8 percent. The deforestation was seen via satellite images by SarVision, a satellite monitoring and mapping company that originated with scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
The Wetlands International report also highlighted that, “Total deforestation in Sarawak is 3.5 times as much as that for entire Asia, while deforestation of peat swamp forest is 11.7 times as much.”
The report also stated that in the last five years, 353,000 hectares of Malaysia’s peatlands were deforested, comprising of one-third of swamps that are important to the ecosystem by storing carbon from decomposed plants for millions of years and habitat to endangered plant and animal species.
Source: Asian Correspondent