Malaysian Timber Certification Council Sustainable Certification Imposters

Publication - 5 February, 2004
The oldest inhabitants of Malaysia are its indigenous peoples. They account for about 5 percent of the total population, and represent a majority in Sarawak and Sabah. The indigenous peoples of Sabah, Sarawak and Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia are collectively termed 'Orang-Asal', which means 'Original Peoples'. To the indigenous peoples of Malaysia the forest and land is their livelihood providing them with food, clothing, fuel, medicines and spirituality. Malaysia's forests are not only integral to the livelihoods of many indigenous people, its diverse ecosystems support a rich assemblage of flora and fauna – qualifying Malaysia as one of twelve mega-diversity countries in the world. Yet, unsustainable logging levels are seriously degrading the majority of Malaysia’s forests, threatening its species and the livelihoods of indigenous and local communities.

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