Re: Issues in Malaysian Birding

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Subject: Re: Issues in Malaysian Birding
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:30:23 +1100
I think the important point to get across, as I did in my response, is
to deemphasise proposed infrastructure solutions to encouraging
birdwatching tourism (building more luxury hotels with en suites) and
emphasising conservation of existing rainforest and, if possible,
regeneration projects in areas where forest has been lost.

I put it like this: "if the forests are there undamaged, the birds
will be there and bird-watchers will visit the forests...."

John Leonard

On 2/14/07, ken & vivien harris <> wrote:
Aun Tiah
           My experience of birding in Malaysia is not extensive.  However
I offe rthe following comments -
-  I spent several weeks with you and others targeting species -
particularly rainforest species
-  I found many of the rainforest species very difficult to find
(surprisigly so).  On reflection trhis is obviously that even in their prime
habitat they are found in quyite small numbers.
-  I was astonished in my travels through central Malaysia to observe the
exdtent of rainforest clearing for palm oil plantation.  The loss of habitat
is obviously immense.
Other than the above I can not offer any objective, measurable data.
Regards   Ken Harris

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