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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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Broken promises at Sungai Asap resettlement

Sixteen years after the creation of the Sungai Asap dam resettlement, reporter Hanna Hindstrom interviewed a Penan woman living in this community. Layo revealed the ways in which her life drastically changed as she and her family were forced to move from their homes to make way for the Bakun dam. Read on to learn about how her life changed, and what the…

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SAVE Rivers Press Release: Penghulu’s Statement is Not the People’s Voice

  Date: 4th September, 2014 PENGHULU’S STATEMENT IS NOT THE PEOPLE’S VOICE Miri: Villagers from Baram were angered by a statement from their community leader, Penghulu Paul Kalang which was published in the Borneo Post on 4th September 2014. They all voiced out their disappointment that they are being sidelined in the decision making to determine…

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BMF Press Release: Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements

BRUNO MANSER FUND, BASEL / SWITZERLAND 07 August 2014 – for immediate release Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements The Malaysian Bar Council finds a series of basic rights violated at the resettlement sites of the Murum Dam and attests Sarawak Energy a lack of interest in the resettled people. (KUALA LUMPUR / MURUM, MALAYSIA)…

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SAVE Rivers Press Release: Baram Community Members Testify at Launch of Human Rights Fact-Finding Report

Date: 18th August 2014 Baram Community Members Testify at Launch of Human Rights Fact-Finding Report Kuala Lumpur: A blockade to resist a hydroelectric dam in Baram in the Malaysian state of Sarawak marks its 300th days today on Monday 18th August 2014. As an event for the occasion, a group of villagers from around the…

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Borneo mega-dams risk indigenous ‘ethnocide’

Massive dams in Sarawak, Malaysia, threaten to flood over 2,000 square kilometers of the world’s oldest rainforests, displace 10,000s of indigenous people, and aggravate climate change, writes Amanda Stephenson – all to generate electricity that no one wants.     Sarawak, Malaysia, is located on the island of Borneo, the third largest island in the…

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SAVE Rivers resounding success of the European Campaign

  The on-going campaign tour in Europe by SAVE Rivers has engaged in a lot of successful dialogues and meetings with government representatives including civil societies, non-governmental organizations and the corporate business.  Read more about climate change in Indonesia and Malaysia, then join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.  The team at the Noewagian Parliment House…

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Another Year of Fires, Another Year of Inaction

With a 70% chance of an El Niño this year, Indonesia could soon be facing the wrath of its near neighbors again as the dry season approaches with the ever present threat of vegetation fires. Read more below about  Indonesia is dealing with these fires. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about climate change in…

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Greenpeace Rates Companies’ Zero Deforestation Commitments

A new basic rating system using five metrics to gauge the strength of companies’ zero deforestation commitments related to palm oil sourcing has been released by Greenpeace. Read more below to find out what these five measures are and how several companies rank. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about other deforestation commitments, then join…

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State Bracing for El Niño

It is generally predicted that El Niño will hit the whole region of South East Asia sometime soon, with some countries hit harder than the rest. Read more below to find out how this weather pattern will affect Borneo and how Malaysia is preparing for any potential disaster that may arise. Read more on The…

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