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Scientists Present Alternative to Sarawak’s Mega-Dams

A new study by the University of Berkeley shows how Sarawak’s future lies with small-scale, local energy solutions rather than with risky and expensive large-scale hydropower. The scientists are presenting their findings at the ASEAN Renewable Energy Week in Kuala Lumpur. Read more about their findings below.  Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more…

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Forests in Indonesia’s Concession Areas Being Rapidly Destroyed

Timber, logging, palm oil, and mining industry areas have accounted for nearly 45 percent of deforestation in Indonesia between 2000 and 2010, finds a new study. Read more below to find out just how much forest has been lost and which industry is the worst offender. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about Indonesia’s forest…

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APRIL Continued Destroying High Conservation Rainforest Up Until January Pledge

An investigation revealed that Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) continued to source fiber produced by destruction of high conservation value forests in Sumatra all the way until it committed to a new forest conservation policy. Read more below to find out how environmentalists feel about APRIL’s pledge, especially compared to its rival. Read more on Mongabay. Read…

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Sarawak Government Suffers 10 Defeats in NCR Land Cases

The indigenous people of Sarawak have won more native customary rights (NCR) land cases! We are also thrilled to tell you that the Borneo Project’s Legal Aid Fund helped support some of these cases. Read more below to find out the details of the cases and how they may convince the government of Sarawak to…

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Sarawak’s Land Grab Laws Must Go!

Now that Taib is no longer Chief Minister of Sarawak, the state needs to get rid of his unconstitutional land grab laws. Read more below about how Taib unconstitutionally took land from the indigenous people of Sarawak and how he treated them when they protested. Read more at Sarawak Report. Read more about land grabs in…

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Malaysia Imperils Forest Reserves and Sea Turtle Nesting Ground for Industrial Site

Plans for building a liquefied natural gas plant and a steel coil mill  threaten one of Malaysia’s only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals inside Tanjung Hantu Permanent Forest Reserve. Read more below to find out what the effects of this industrial site will be on the environment and…

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Indonesian ‘Legal’ Timber Scheme Could Be Greenwashing Illegal Products, NGOs Warn

 New research suggests even certified companies in Indonesia may not be meeting EU standards and these flaws in the country’s system to verify legal wood products (which is “almost impossible” for companies to fail) could have implications for trade with Europe. Read more below to find out what these flaws are and how they can…

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Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAVE RIVERS would like to thank the Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for paying attention to the plight indigenous community who are protesting against the construction of mega hydroelectric dams in Sarawak. (Utusan Borneo 8th April 2014) The state government is planning to build an additional 11 hydroelectric dams in the state…

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Flipping the Bird: Sarawak Cronyism

Despite abusing his position of public office to enrich himself, his family and his associates, Taib Mahmud was chosen and became Sarawak’s governor. However, he will always be known as the chief minister who abused his public office to make himself and his family members billionaires by cutting down the Borneo rainforest and grabbing the indigenous…

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Indonesia’s Orangutan Action Plan Failing to Save Great Red Apes

We are now over six years into the 10 year action plan implemented by Indonesia to conserve orangutans and their habitats but unfortunately there is little progress to be found. Not a single orangutan population has experienced a land use change that will make it any more likely to survive and, in fact, the situation…

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