Malaysia’s Rate of Rainforest Loss Highest in the World, Says Environmentalist Site

18 November 2013

The world's oldest rainforests in Malaysia are under threat as almost 15% have been cut down in three years up to 2012, making it the highest rate of loss in the world, according to environmentalist site

After decades of unsustainable logging, which depleted timber stocks and undermined the viability of traditional forestry management, the country's forests were increasingly being converted into oil palm plantations. Oil palm estates grew by 50% or 17,000 sq km in the last three years.

Based on a new global forest map done in partnership with Google, the loss of forest translated to 47,278 square kilometers, an area larger than Denmark, the report noted.

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