Mangrove ecosystem of Malaysia

Status, challenges and management strategies

A. Latiff, I. Faridah-Hanum

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    Abstract

    Unlike other types of forests which are more spatially widespread and can be found on varied soil types, the mangrove swamp forests are restricted to sheltered coasts, islands, lagoons, estuaries and rivers on muddy substrates. As an ecosystem it is an important habitat for diverse wildlife, including fishes, shells and microbes and a number of specialized plant forms. It is also of great socio-economic importance as a hydrological regulator, playing an important role in flood mitigation, buffering against saline intrusion and waves. It is also an important source for fuelwood, timber resources and provides a variety of produce used by local inhabitants. Despite these values, mangrove swamp forests are rapidly being cleared, degraded and transformed to other land-uses, especially for agriculture, aquaculture, resettlement, industrial and ecotourism infrastructures. In view of the recognized values, it is urgent that more suitable areas are protected for not only the biodiversity conservation purposes but also as a special and unique forest type. In Malaysia, a working plan for the Matang mangrove forest reserve, Perak (fifth revision) provides a comprehensive overview of the management and conservation of the mangrove ecosystem in Malaysia, which could also be a model for other mangrove areas in other states for their protection and management. In the long term, systematic and holistic planning represent the best means of achieving sustainable mangrove swamp forest management by incorporating conservation principles and forestry objectives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMangrove Ecosystems of Asia: Status, Challenges and Management Strategies
    PublisherSpringer New York
    Pages1-22
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Print)9781461485827, 1461485819, 9781461485810
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014

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    mangrove swamps
    Wetlands
    Malaysia
    mangrove
    Ecosystem
    forest types
    swamp forest
    ecosystems
    ecosystem
    ecotourism
    wildlife habitats
    mangrove forests
    forest reserves
    fuelwood
    plant architecture
    infrastructure
    forest management
    socioeconomics
    aquaculture
    soil types

    Keywords

    • Malaysia
    • Management strategies
    • Mangroves

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)

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    Latiff, A., & Faridah-Hanum, I. (2014). Mangrove ecosystem of Malaysia: Status, challenges and management strategies. In Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia: Status, Challenges and Management Strategies (pp. 1-22). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8582-7_1

    Mangrove ecosystem of Malaysia : Status, challenges and management strategies. / Latiff, A.; Faridah-Hanum, I.

    Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia: Status, Challenges and Management Strategies. Springer New York, 2014. p. 1-22.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Latiff, A & Faridah-Hanum, I 2014, Mangrove ecosystem of Malaysia: Status, challenges and management strategies. in Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia: Status, Challenges and Management Strategies. Springer New York, pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8582-7_1
    Latiff A, Faridah-Hanum I. Mangrove ecosystem of Malaysia: Status, challenges and management strategies. In Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia: Status, Challenges and Management Strategies. Springer New York. 2014. p. 1-22 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8582-7_1
    Latiff, A. ; Faridah-Hanum, I. / Mangrove ecosystem of Malaysia : Status, challenges and management strategies. Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia: Status, Challenges and Management Strategies. Springer New York, 2014. pp. 1-22
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