Kouta Räsänen wrote:
Shorea wrote:So there is nothing left to conserve, except to prevent further loss of secondary forest cover. That is the battle now.
Do you mean there is no unprotected primary forest in Malaysia? Even at high elevations?
No, I meant there are no more lowland forests left to protect because all have been logged, and the remainder is being turned into plantations. The lowland forest below 300 m ASL has most of the biodiversity (and all the big timber trees).
For example, much has been said about the Danum Valley, but few realize that this measly area is all that is left of an almost contiguous 1 million hectares of lowland forest concession area owned by the Sabah Foundation that has been totally logged out, and still undergoing multiple logging cycles. About 10 years ago, almost a quarter was proposed to be turned into acacia plantations (showing their disregard for the forest). They could have been more generous in their allocation of conservation zones, don't you think?
Logging is extremely unregulated in Sabah, Sarawak, and of course, Kalimantan, and most canopy-sized trees there are large dipterocarp trees; so from the air, most "forest cover" that you see is extremely torn and tattered forest, often it looks almost like scrubland. This is the 70% "forest cover" the state govts are bragging about.
This guy has captured a lot of aerial shots of forest cover in Borneo. Disturbing to see huge areas have already been turned into oil palm.