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Up in the clouds: is sustainable use of tropical montane cloud forests possible in Malaysia?

Up in the clouds: is sustainable use of tropical montane cloud forests possible in Malaysia?
Up in the clouds: is sustainable use of tropical montane cloud forests possible in Malaysia?
Perched atop misty mountains, tropical montane cloud forests are one of Earth's most imperiled and neglected ecosystems. More than half of these forests occur in Southeast Asia; those in Malaysia are considered some of the best studied in the region. Malaysia has numerous mountains that are exceptionally rich in biodiversity and sustain numerous locally endemic species, but they are also threatened by expanding forestry, agriculture, infrastructure, and global warming. Malaysia serves as an excellent case study to illustrate the issues and challenges associated with tropical cloud forest conservation. We critically assess the current status of Malaysia's cloud forests—focusing on their biological uniqueness and prospects for long-term survival—and propose conservation strategies for agricultural, forestry, tourism, and policy sectors to help conserve these endangered ecosystems. It is our hope that decisionmakers around the region can use our review to evaluate and improve their national strategies related to cloud forest conservation.
agriculture, biodiversity, commercial forestry, roads, southeast asia tourism
0006-3568
27-38
Peh, Kelvin S.-H.
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Soh, Malcolm C.K.
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Sodhi, Navjot S.
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Laurance, William F.
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Ong, Dylan Jefri
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Clements, Reuben
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Sodhi, Navjot S.
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Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Soh, Malcolm C.K., Sodhi, Navjot S., Laurance, William F., Ong, Dylan Jefri and Clements, Reuben (2011) Up in the clouds: is sustainable use of tropical montane cloud forests possible in Malaysia? BioScience, 61 (1), 27-38. (doi:10.1525/bio.2011.61.1.8).

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Abstract

Perched atop misty mountains, tropical montane cloud forests are one of Earth's most imperiled and neglected ecosystems. More than half of these forests occur in Southeast Asia; those in Malaysia are considered some of the best studied in the region. Malaysia has numerous mountains that are exceptionally rich in biodiversity and sustain numerous locally endemic species, but they are also threatened by expanding forestry, agriculture, infrastructure, and global warming. Malaysia serves as an excellent case study to illustrate the issues and challenges associated with tropical cloud forest conservation. We critically assess the current status of Malaysia's cloud forests—focusing on their biological uniqueness and prospects for long-term survival—and propose conservation strategies for agricultural, forestry, tourism, and policy sectors to help conserve these endangered ecosystems. It is our hope that decisionmakers around the region can use our review to evaluate and improve their national strategies related to cloud forest conservation.

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Published date: 2011
Keywords: agriculture, biodiversity, commercial forestry, roads, southeast asia tourism
Organisations: Centre for Biological Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 352975
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352975
ISSN: 0006-3568
PURE UUID: ffd0e81d-2efd-4485-96ca-9440d461d8f1
ORCID for Kelvin S.-H. Peh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2921-1341

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Date deposited: 22 May 2013 12:19
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:37

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Author: Malcolm C.K. Soh
Author: Navjot S. Sodhi
Author: William F. Laurance
Author: Dylan Jefri Ong
Author: Reuben Clements

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