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China’s Global Dam Builder at a Crossroads

The Chinese dam-building company Sinohydro, which is responsible for the construction of three hydroelectric dams in Malaysia, is failing to implement its own sustainable development policy framework. In this article International Rivers Policy Director Peter Bosshard examines Sinohydro’s continued evasion of its sustainability commitments, including its recent decision to consider building several more highly destructive hydropower dams. Read…

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Borneo Project Holiday Craft Fair and Film Screening

Join the Borneo Project on Sunday December 14th at Mississippi Pizza in Portland, Oregon for a special film screening and holiday crafts sale! We will have original hand-made crafts from Borneo for sale and you’ll also have a chance to see our new 10-minute documentary, Damming Our Future, which sheds light on the destructive consequences of…

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BMF Press Statement: Amazon withholds book on Sarawak governor Taib Mahmud

BRUNO MANSER FONDS, BASEL / SWITZERLAND 2 December 2014 – for immediate release Amazon withholds book on Sarawak governor Taib Mahmud “Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia” by Lukas Straumann not delivered to customers – American online retailer accused of bowing to Malaysian ruler’s legal threats (SEATTLE, USA) Amazon, the American…

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BMF Press Release: Urgent action needed to save Sarawak’s last intact forests

MEDIA RELEASE BY THE BRUNO MANSER FUND 25 November 2014 – for immediate release   Urgent action needed to save Sarawak’s last intact forests International body names Malaysian state “ground zero of deforestation“ (KUCHING, MALAYSIA) Last week, Adenan Satem, the new Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo, stunned the world by…

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Money Logging: Bay Area Book Release and Signing with Lukas Straumann

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014 Join us on November 16 as author Lukas Straumann discusses his book, Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia, and outlines the massive destruction of the Bornean rainforest by Malaysian loggers. Money Logging is a story of a people who have lost their ancient paradise to a wasteland…

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PRESS RELEASE: Blockade against Baram Dam Reinstated

BLOCKADE AGAINST THE BARAM DAM REINSTATED Long Kesseh Baram: The tussle between the villagers opposing the Baram dam and the illegal loggers who are supported by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation is heating up. Under the watchful eyes of the police from the General Operation Forces (GOF) and officers from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), the…

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Joint Statement: Human Rights Groups Demand Police Stop Intimidating Rightful Landowners of Baram

4 Nov. 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Peter Kallang, Chair, SAVE Rivers | Tel: +60-13-833-1104| Email: peterkallang@yahoo.com Sze Ning, Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia | Tel: +60-12-606-1592 | Email: szening@gmail.com Serene Lim, SUARAM | Tel: +60-12-547-7989 | Email: monitoring@suaram.net Tanya Lee, International Rivers| Tel: +60-19-438-0539 |E-mail: tlee@internationalrivers.org Human Rights Groups Demand Police Stop Intimidating Rightful…

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New Pan Borneo Highway mega-project unnecessary?

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has promised RM27 billion to begin construction on a 1,663km highway across Borneo, although a similar highway was completed in 2008. Journalist Joe Leong posits that rather than using tax payers’ money to built a new road, what is needed is the repair and proper maintenance of the existing Trans…

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Baram dam blockade dismantled by police, immediately rebuilt in time for one year anniversary

One day before the one-year anniversary of two blockades against the Baram dam, fifty police officers and ten forest authorities arrived at one of the blockade sites, dismantling it. Hours later, the protestors had erected a new blockade and negotiated a three-day grace period. The indigenous protestors told the officers that the removal of the blockade was…

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Coal mines negatively impact villagers, ecosystems in Indonesian Borneo

The village of Makroman was a thriving agrarian district until 2007, when coal companies began mining in the village, polluting the air and water with toxins. These coal companies have been negligent in many ways, including refusing to fill unreclaimed mining pits, a danger to passers-by. Despite the negative environmental and health impacts of the…

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