Peat swamp forests are just one example of the rich natural heritage found in the tropical rainforest of Malaysia. Adapted to tolerate high water levels, these wetlands habitats exhibit special ecological characteristics and give shelter to unique plant and animal life. The South-East Pahang peat complex is the largest block of undisturbed mixed peat swamp forests remaining in Peninsular Malaysia.
Agriculture usage of peat soil requires drainage, conservation efforts for the forest reserve require that the water regime is maintained and that the impacts from surrounding land uses are minimized. To balance these conflicting land uses, there is an urgent need for implementing water management strategies. The publication covers strategies that seek to afford maximum protection of protected areas and impose the least, but most practical restrictions on neighboring owners’ land use practices.
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