Malaysia: Guidelines for the establishment of Aquilaria malaccensis arboretum in Peninsular Malaysia
Short description of output announced and beneficiaries: The main objective in establishing an A. malaccensis arboretum in Peninsular Malaysia is to conserve the genetic diversity of the species. In addition, the arboretum could also function as a place to conduct research, education and seed sourcing activities. The guidelines were developed mainly based on the principles, results and recommendations that were outlined in the Conservation Action Plan for the Threatened Agarwood Species Aquilaria malaccensis (Thymelaeaceae) In Peninsular Malaysia published in 2016. The guidelines are meant to provide information to researchers and planters on how an A. malaccensis arboretum could be established for the purpose of conservation and future research. While the overall design of the arboretum is replicable, methods involving collecting sites and planting design need to be adhered strictly to ensure standardisation. Based on the guidelines, two arboreta were established in the states of Pahang and Selangor.
The targeted principal beneficiaries of the project are (i) researchers; (ii) forest managers; (iii) policy-makers; (iv) plantation owners; and (v) the general public.
Authors of the news item: Mr. Lau Kah Hoo, Mr. Muhammad Alif Azyraf Azmi and the project members.
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