Established as early as 1900, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (BNFR) is the oldest of its kind in Malaysia, offering a biodiversity- rich enclave, right in the middle of an ever-growing urban skyline in the capital city Kuala Lumpur. Despite witnessing its territory reduced over time, from 17.5 to 9.37 ha, a team of scientists prove that Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve still retains important biodiversity.
During the study conducted in April 2015 until May 2016, the authors recorded a total of 425 plant species still growing in BNFR territories, out of which 159 were new record species never collected before. But, compared to the records of 1901, where were counted to 499 species, their number has been reduced.
“BNFR can be categorized as a forest with a good structure and diversity still holding a great variety of species. However, the loss of previously recorded endemics, raises concerns about the future of this reserve and calls for reconsideration of conservation measures.”
Meanwhile, in Albania, according to a 2015 study, focusing on the environment, conducted in the cities of Tirana, Durres, Saranda, Kruja, Përmet, Librazhd and Fier, 51% of the surveyed citizens (where Kruja has 94%) identified as an environment problem the lack of green spaces.
What is noted nowadays is a low ratio between individuals and green areas. There is a necessity to respect the European standards on green spaces, as this is affecting the citizens’ quality of life.