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HISTORY OF THE VIRGIN JUNGLE RESERVES (VJRs) OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (1947-1992)

R. K. Laidlaw
Journal of Tropical Forest Science
Vol. 11, No. 1, Special 10th Year Anniversary Issue (January 1999), pp. 111-131
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43582518
Page Count: 21
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HISTORY OF THE VIRGIN JUNGLE RESERVES (VJRs) OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (1947-1992)
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Abstract

This paper reviews the history of the Virgin Jungle Reserves (VJRs) of Peninsular Malaysia from 1947 to 1992. VJRs are protected patches (2-2747 ha) of natural forest within a system of forests managed for timber. The VJR network in Peninsular Malaysia has been in existence since 1947 and by 1992, 109 areas had been declared. Of these, 79 VJRs were extant, 30 excised and, in addition, 11 VJRs were proposed. This network has a valuable role to play in biodiversity conservation and forest management in that they can enhance vegetation and certain mammal communities in managed forest. A VJR network could be created in any country which has both the natural resources (i.e. forest) and the infrastructure (i.e. a Forestry Department) to support such a system. It is recommended that the VJR network in Peninsular Malaysia be expanded and strictly monitored and managed and that new VJRs be sited centrally in forest reserves (preferably, occupying at least one compartment and being no smaller than 259 ha) as in 1992 only 22% of forest reserves contained VJRs, 63% of VJRs were sited on the edge of forest reserves, and only 0.5% of the Permanent Forest Estate was included in extant and proposed VJRs. Kertas ini mengulas mengenai sejarah Hutan Simpanan Hutan Dara (VJRs) di Semenanjung Malaysia daripada 1947 hingga 1992. Hutan Simpanan Hutan Dara adalah tompok yang dilindungi (2-2747 ha) daripada hutan asli dalam satu sistem hutan yang diuruskan untuk balak. Rangkaian VJRs di Semenanjung Malaysia telah wujud sejak 1947 dan sehingga tahun 1992, 109 kawasan telah diisytiharkan. Daripada jumlah tersebut sebanyak 79 VJRs masih wujud, 30 dicukai dan 11 VJRs dicadangkan. Rangkaian ini memainkan peranan penting dalam pemuliharaan biodiversiti dan pengurusan hutan di mana ia dapat meningkatkan tumbuh-tumbuhan dan komuniti mamalia tertentu. Rangkaian VJRs dapat diwujudkan di mana-mana negara yang mempunyai kedua-dua sumber asli (iaitu hutan) dan Infrastruktur (iaitu sebuah Jabatan Perhutanan) untuk menyokong sistem ini. Disyorkan supaya rangkaian VJR di Semenanjung Malaysia dapat dikembangkan dan dimantau serta diuruskan dengan baik. Di samping itu, VJRs yang baru ditempatkan secara berpusat di dalam Hutan Simpan (yang pentingnya ia mestilah memenuhi sekurang-kurangnya satu kompatmen dan saiznya tidak kurang daripada 259 ha) memandangkan dalam tahun 1992 hanya 22% daripada hutan simpan mengandungi VJRs, 63% daripada VJRs ditempatkan di hujung hutan simpan, dan hanya 0.5 % daripada Hutan Simpanan Kekal disertakan dalam VJRs yang masih wujud dan VJRs yang dicadangkan.

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