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Malaysia is considered as one of the top 12 megadiverse countries in the world. According to the Convention of Biological Diversity, Malaysia has an estimated 15,000 species of vascular plants, 306 species of mammals, 742 species of birds, 242 species of amphibians, 567 species of reptiles, over 449 species of freshwater fish, over 500 species of marine fish and more than 150,000 species of invertebrates with most of them found in our lush jungles. An area of pristine rainforest the size of New York’s Manhattan contains more than all species in Europe. Functioning as a Green Lung, every inch of our forest is vital for our well-being and should be retained.

Forest certification is known globally as a Responsible Forestry tool to ensure sustainable forest management where profit, people and planet can prosper. Two of the main forest certification schemes in Malaysia are the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). WWF considers the FSC certification to be the better certification system to ensure environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests. WWF views the MTCS as a first step in the right direction towards sustainable forest management. We hope that the scheme will continually be improved, to be recognised on par with the FSC certification.

WWF-Malaysia’s role is to promote responsible forestry practices to forest managers, wood-product producers and traders in Malaysia. This entails promoting the purchase of responsibly-produced timber and wood products, and advocating change on local purchasing and consumption trends towards FSC-certified timber & wood products. We also monitor the development and recent trends in forestry in Malaysia, as well as the world, to provide relevant feedback to the government and financial institutions when needed.


The resources and services forests provide are invaluable – and yet consistently undervalued in business and investment decisions.

Deforestation and forest degradation continue at an alarming rate as demand for land, energy, and wood products increase. Whilst businesses and investors across the world have set ambitious zero-deforestation and conversion targets, action still lags behind.

WWF’s new Forests Forward platform engages companies and investors across sectors to accelerate sustainability, zero-deforestation and conversion commitments and create impact in critical forest landscapes. Forests Forward aims to support those companies to improve the management of a targeted 150 million hectares of forest globally by 2030.

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To provide more valuable news and information related to responsible forestry to industry players and interested parties, we have developed the quarterly MY Responsible Forestry Newsletter. We hope that the newsletter will spark more ideas for collaboration so that we can help transform our timber, paper and natural rubber industries, and expand sustainable markets in these commodities.

Through the newsletter, we will publish articles on responsible forestry success stories, technology solutions, important data, and tools for improving sustainability in forestry supply chains, among others.

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To protect our forests, sustainable production of timber products is essential. In line with this, WWF-Malaysia has developed the Malaysian Timber Sourcing Guide Map to support companies and individuals in their timber due diligence when sourcing Malaysian timber or timber products. The Timber Sourcing Guide Map provides additional information for companies to supplement their information gathering, risk assessment and risk mitigation actions.

How to use the Malaysian Timber Sourcing Guide Map

How to use the Malaysian Timber Sourcing Guide Map, Part 1
How to use the Malaysian Timber Sourcing Guide Map, Part 2

  1. Resources for Peninsular Malaysia - Learn More
  2. Resources for Sabah - Learn More
  3. Resources for Sarawak - Learn More
  4. Sample Harvesting Licence and Removal Pass from Peninsular Malaysia - Learn More
  5. Sample Harvesting Licence and Removal Pass from Sabah - Learn More
  6. Sample Harvesting Licence and Removal Pass from Sarawak - Learn More

Other Resources

  1. Forest Stewardship Council Malaysia - Learn More 
  2. Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme - Learn More 
  3. High Conservation Values - Learn More 
  4. High Conservation Values (HCV) Toolkits for Malaysia - Learn More 
  5. WWF Forests Forward Programme - Learn More 
  6. Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber - Learn More