Indigenous Communities Enhance Rainforest Biodiversity

Research findings that traditional methods of farm cultivation of indigenous communities support biodiversity are fuelling calls from conservationists not to relocate them outside Malaysia’s thinning patches of rainforests.

The study by scientists at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus looked at practices of the Chewong community within the Krau Wildlife Reserve in Pahang, Malaysia who maintain some of the naturally occurring tree species and plant additional native fruit trees such as durian, mango and rambutan.

Camera traps were placed alongside animal trails in seven fruit gardens and eight control plots within the reserve. Although no difference in the overall number of mammals was recorded, the results showed a higher number of larger mammals and species of conservation concern frequented the fruit gardens - including one endangered, five vulnerable and two near-threatened species.

Last updated on 18 February 2016

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