Malaysia, in Southeast Asia, includes a portion both of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. The country is one of the world’s great centers of biodiversity. Its richest habitats are rain forests, ranging from lowland stands of thick-trunked, towering trees to mist-laden groves under broken summits.
How many rainforest are there in Malaysia?
Tropical rainforests encompass between 59% to 70% of Malaysia’s total land area, of which 11.6% is pristine. Malaysia has the world’s fifth largest mangrove area, which totals over a half a million hectares (over 1.2 million acres).
What percentage of Malaysia is rainforest?
67.6% or about 22 million hectares is forested (UN FAO). This is an increase of around 13 million hectares since 2005, although most of the new ‘forest’ is palm oil plantation. Of this 18.7% (3,820,000) is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest.
Does Malaysia have Grassland?
Imperata cylindrica, the species most common in the grasslands of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, is a menace to shifting cultivation, agricultural fields and cash crops. … Two million hectares of rubber plantation have been affected by this species.