PETALING JAYA - Plantations are the top cause of mangrove deforestation in Malaysia, a National University of Singapore study found.
Covering Asean, the study found that Malaysia lost 18,836ha of mangrove forests from 2000 to 2012.
At least 38.2% of this was due to mangroves being converted to oil palm plantations.
Other notable causes of mangrove loss, the report found, were due to logging - legal or illegal - which was reflected in the study as mangrove forest regrowth (17.6%).
"Malaysia has quite a lot of mangrove regrowth," Dr Daniel Richards, one of the paper's two authors, told The Star in an email.
"A big chunk of mangrove regrowth occurred in the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve in Perak."erve in Perak."