Total Population

27,902,000 in 2014

Rural Population

7,771,530 in 2014 

28% of total population

Total country area

33,080,000 ha

Total land area (excluding inland water bodies)

32,855,000 ha

Total forested area

20,160,329 ha in 2014

61% of total land area

Permanent forest reserve

12,870,849 ha

64% of total forested area

State land forests

5,913,045 ha

29% of total forested area

Parks, sanctuaries and PAs

1,376,435 ha

7% of total forested area

Forest cover change

-95,749.92 per year (-0.47%) from 2010–2014

Carbon stocks

2,834.00 mmt in 2015

Community managed forests (with CFM agreements)

Data not available

Community forestry policies and programmes

Peninsula Malaysia: recreation, greening of urban areas.


Sabah: participation of local people in sustainable forest management in Forest Management Units.


Sarawak: rural development, alternative livelihoods and agroforestry projects

Climate change mitigation and adaptation policies and programmes

2010 National Policy on Climate Change


EU-REDD+ Project entitled ‘Tackling Climate Change through Sustainable Forest Management and Community Development’


Project on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Tropical Peat Swamp Forests and Associated Wetlands Ecosystems

Sources: Annual Report Forest Department Sarawak, 2013; Sabah Forest Department, Annual Report 2014; Forest Department Peninsula Malaysia Annual Report, 2014; FAO Forest Resources Assessment Report 2015, Malaysia Country Report.