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Rainforest to Reef: A Landscape-scale Approach to Coastal Ecotourism in Malaysia

Version 1 : Received: 22 August 2017 / Approved: 23 August 2017 / Online: 23 August 2017 (09:14:40 CEST)

How to cite: Garland, L.; Wells, M..; French, K..; Dawkins, J.. Rainforest to Reef: A Landscape-scale Approach to Coastal Ecotourism in Malaysia. Preprints 2017, 2017080078 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201708.0078.v1). Garland, L.; Wells, M..; French, K..; Dawkins, J.. Rainforest to Reef: A Landscape-scale Approach to Coastal Ecotourism in Malaysia. Preprints 2017, 2017080078 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201708.0078.v1).

Abstract

In 1990 the Malaysian Government launched Vision 2020 with the goal of Malaysia becoming a ‘fully developed country’ by the year 2020. In this drive for development the country has been examining many of its key natural assets, exploring how to both preserve them whilst ensuring that they make the maximum possible contribution to national development goals. Endau Rompin is one of these assets, being the second largest National Park in Peninsula Malaysia. The rich tropical rainforest flora and fauna of the Park and its hinterland, however, are threatened by various anthropogenic forces, most notably deforestation and poaching; both of which have taken the Park’s flagship species - the Tiger Panthera tigris jacksoni – towards the brink of local extinction. Malaysia’s statutory East Coast Economic Region Development Council commissioned a study to consider ways of increasing tourism revenues from the Park while at the same time reversing these threats. The key conclusion drawn is that a more holistic, landscape-scale approach should be adopted, with Endau Rompin forming part of a wider strategic economic zone based around sustainable tourism and land management. The proposed expanded zone extends eastwards beyond the confines of the Park, across the coastal plain to the South China Sea, and onwards to the neighbouring Mersing Islands. This expanded zone is referred to as Malaysia’s new ‘Rainforest to Reef Region’.

Subject Areas

Malaysia; Endau Rompin; landscape-scale management; ecotourism; rainforest to reef; Tiger

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