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Peatlands in Malaysia are the most widespread type of wetlands, occurring in more than six of the 13 states and covering an area of about 2.13 million (approximately 6.46% of the total land area). Peatlands possess a very delicate and unique ecosystem with important ecological functions and values. They are recognised as environmentally sensitive areas (ESA)in the National Physical Plan (NPP). The uses and values of peatlands in Malaysia can be categorised into those that pertain to socio-economics (eg. forestry, agriculture, infrastructure, community livelihood, etc) and those that pertain to protective or conservational purposes (eg. forest, flood mitigation, water supply and as carbon stores). However, threats to peatlands and their values are of great concern due to problems faced as a result of current management practices. One of the main problems faced in peatlands here is the issue of peatland fires, which has contributed to the annually recurring episodes of transboundary haze pollution in the SE Asian region.

Peatlands in Malaysia are the most widespread type of wetlands, occurring in more than six of the 13 states and covering an area of about 2.13 million (approximately 6.46% of the total land area). Peatlands possess a very delicate and unique ecosystem with important ecological functions and values. They are recognised as environmentally sensitive areas (ESA)in the National Physical Plan (NPP). The uses and values of peatlands in Malaysia can be categorised into those that pertain to socio-economics (eg. forestry, agriculture, infrastructure, community livelihood, etc) and those that pertain to protective or conservational purposes (eg. forest, flood mitigation, water supply and as carbon stores). However, threats to peatlands and their values are of great concern due to problems faced as a result of current management practices. One of the main problems faced in peatlands here is the issue of peatland fires, which has contributed to the annually recurring episodes of transboundary haze pollution in the SE Asian region.

Malaysia is one of four countries in the ASEAN Peatland Forests Project - APFP.