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Indigenous Land Rights Vital to Climate Change Solutions

Malaysiakini’s article highlights the importance of government respect for indigenous land rights, particularly due to the impact of development on the Earth’s climate. Indigenous peoples in Malaysia have a longstanding history of sustainable land management, as their traditional livelihoods depend on the health of their natural environments. Before implementing laws for sustainable development on land inhabited by indigenous…

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Healthy rivers mean healthy communities, forests in Sarawak

March 14th will mark the 18th annual International Day of Action for Rivers. Thousands of participants from around the world can find camaraderie in the international community advocating for the protection of rivers. It is a day to celebrate our rivers and the work we have achieved fighting for them as well as to spread…

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Baram Dam Blockade Celebrates 500th Day!

  MIRI – 7th March. Today, the Baram villagers, resisting the proposed Baram dam, mark the 500thdays since the blockades were launched. On the 23rd October 2013, villagers from 30 settlements in the Baram district set up blockades in Long Lama and Long Keseh to foil works on the Baram dam project. The blockaders evicted…

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The World Rejects Taib’s Corruption

Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) is on the brink of becoming blacklisted by global investors. Sarawak’s largest company, CMS was privatized into governor Taib Mahmud’s hands in order to generate massive wealth for his family. The Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) and the Norwegian NGO FIVAS encourage Norway’s government to divest funding from CMS due to the…

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Recent Flooding Might Motivate Govt To Monitor Logging

Malaysian Parliament Member, Tengku Razaleigh, addresses Kelantan’s massive floods. Razaleigh “does not dismiss” the possibility that the uncontrolled land clearing could have added to the severity of the floods and suggests authorities better monitor the area’s logging. Continue reading about the devastating floods on Eco-Business, where they suggest replanting eight to ten trees for every…

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Hydroelectric Dam In Panama Suspended, Hurrah!

The global movement against dams celebrates this week as the construction of Panama’s Barro Blanco dam was suspended. The country’s environmental agency, ANAM, put their foot down for numerous reasons: the violations of local community rights, the indefinite destruction of natural ecosystems, and its contribution to climate change. Read more on The Carbon Watch and…

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Native Landowners Unite to Oppose Gazetting of their land for the Baram Dam Reservoir

Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) Jaringan Selamatkan Sungai-Sungai Sarawak Secretariat Office: Lot 1046, 2nd Floor, Shang Garden Shoplots, Jalan Bulan Sabit, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia Tel: 085-423044 / Fax: 085-438580 Email: saveriversnet@gmail.com Date: Feb. 9, 2015 Miri – Landowners from Baram collectively denounce the plans to extinguish their property rights to pave the way…

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggests Sarawak gov’t rethink mega dam scheme

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today suggested Sarawak rethink its highly controversial policy of building mega dams to harness electricity by replacing them with series of smaller dams like in Europe. Read more on The Malaysian Insider and join the conversation on Facebook! Dr Mahathir, who was in Kuching attending the International Energy…

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Indigenous Peoples’ Conference 2015 to discuss forward-looking vision of power development

Date: January 26, 2015 Kuching – On the occasion of International Energy Week (IEW), people representing diverse communities from across Sarawak are gathering to discuss the socio-economics of power development. They will be considering alternative perspectives on the opportunities for ensuring socio-economic development, including of the power sector, will serve the long term energy needs…

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Money Logging Book Launch at Free Word Centre in London, January 16, 2015

“Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia” book launch and a chance to meet the author When: Friday, January 16, 2015, 6:30pm in UTC Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA London, United Kingdom Discussion with: – Dr. Lukas Straumann – Author of ‘Money Logging’ and Director of The Bruno…

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