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Malaysia is essentially a maritime country. Spanning more than 19 degrees of longitude, with more than 4,600 kilometers of coastline and bordering four major large bodies of water (Straits of Malacca, South China Sea, Sulu Sea and Sulawesi Sea).

Malaysia has more sea area (including the claimed EEZ) than land territory under its control. Malaysians derive more of their protein from fish than any other countries in Southeast Asia (World Resources Institute 2006). Parts of Malaysia’s seas fall within two Global 200 ecoregions (Andaman Sea Ecoregion, Sulu-Sulawesi Sea Ecoregion) and the country is an integral part of the ecological Coral Triangle. With so much sea area, marine conservation and sustainable management of marine resources are important.

The Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion programme focuses activities on two priority conservation areas, Kudat-Banggi and Semporna, and the live reef fish trade. Within these priority conservation areas, habitat targets include Malaysia’s two largest concentrations of coral reefs and seagrasses as well as extensive mangrove forests. These programmes focus on strengthening management of natural resources by all stakeholders including local communities, the private sector and government agencies.
Tun Mustapha Park measures almost 1 million hectares with more than 50 islands and islets and will be the largest marine protected area and the first multiple-use park in Malaysia. It will be managed in collaboration with local communities to protect marine and coastal ecosystems as well as to manage the rich resources contained within it.

WWF-Malaysia works with local communities, local and state government agencies and the private sector to improve management of important and threatened ecosystems and species.

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