Why is Forest and Riverine Biodiversity important?

Great pressure is imposed onto our natural ecosystems including rivers. Many of our river systems have been subjected to changes by human interference resulting in negative implications. This includes deterioration of freshwater habitats and their ecological processes.

In Malaysia, baseline condition or study shows that majority of river sections and associated biodiversity are found outside the protected areas in Malaysia. Therefore, it is critical for the conservation of riverine biodiversity that has clear strategies and plans are developed to conserve riverine biodiversity in productive landscapes covering more than 80% of Malaysia’s land area. So, there are nationwide riverine biodiversity focusing study and rehabilitation programme currently planned and soon will be implemented.