Agro-tourism project threatens biodiversity

The habitats of some 400 species of animals, including the rare plain-pouched hornbills, are being threatened by the Pas-led state government’s agro-tourism project near Pedu Dam.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) research officer S. Mageswari feared that the animals’ habitat would be affected by land clearing taking place on a 358ha site near the area.

“During a research conducted on the Pedu forest with the World Wide Fund for Nature two years ago, we spotted a plain-pouched hornbill.

“We feared that the habitat of the hornbill, which is an endangered species, would be destroyed by the development works,” she told the New Straits Times.

The land clearing was done to make way for a mango plantation to promote agro-tourism in the state. Mageswari said the absence of the animals would affect the ecosystem in the area.

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