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Borneo Natives Take Anti-Dams Campaign to Europe

An NGO delegation from Sarawak visits Switzerland and Norway to meet government officials and European energy corporations’ headquarters – ABB and Norconsult to be held accountable for their Malaysia business. Read more below about what they had to say. Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more about dams in Borneo, then join the discussion…

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NASA Data: 1997 All Over Again for Indonesia?

In 1997, fires caused by the El Niño burned across approximately 8 million hectares of land in Sumatra and Borneo and released as much as 2.5 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Read more below to find out why we might see the same if not more destruction this year. Read more on Mongabay.…

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Indonesia President Lauds Success of Logging Ban, Urges Continued Action

At the 2014 Forest Asia Summit, the current Indonesian President has expressed his hope that his successor would be able to prolong the ban on new logging and plantation concessions he introduced in 2011. Read more below to find out how this ban has helped reduce deforestation and what he said still needs to be done. Read more…

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APP Commits to Conserve, Restore 1M ha of Indonesian Forest; WWF Pledges Support

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper company, has committed to protect and restore a million hectares of forest across Indonesia. Their pledge was immediately welcomed by WWF, which has been one of APP’s staunchest critics. Read more below to find out where this restoration will take place in Indonesia and what other…

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Unanimous Decision To Adopt PR’s 20% Policy On Oil

Oil revenue rebels from BN, Governor Taib’s own party, were unanimous in ditching Taib’s dated and unfair policies on Sarawak’s oil royalty by adopting a 20% policy on oil. Read more below to find out just how old this unjust policy was and why some feel that Sarawak is still getting shortchanged with the new policy. Read more…

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Emissions From Rainforest Logging Average 16% of Those From Deforestation

A new study that evaluated six countries found that carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing. Read more to find out how scientists figured out this data and why this study is one of the most accurate estimates of emissions from tropical logging yet.…

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Manulife Financial Under Fire Over Loans to Malaysian Potentate’s Family

Canadian insurance giant arranged CAN$ 146 million in mortgages for a real estate group with links to Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud. – Extremely high annual interest rates alarm observers over money-laundering compliance. Read more below to find out just how much the Taib family borrowed. Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more about Taib’s…

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Despite Campaign, Girl Scout Cookies Still Aren’t Deforestation Free, Say Scout Activists

Girl Scout cookies still aren’t necessarily free of rainforest destruction and social conflict despite a high-profile campaign that caused the company to adopt a comprehensive zero deforestation policy. Read more below to find why many environmental groups are saying that the RSPO “Green Palm Certificate” is not enough. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about palm…

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Palm Oil, Political Interests, and Land Use in Indonesian Borneo

Palm oil has long been a source of conflict in areas with tropical rainforests. This is especially true in Indonesia where thousands of acres of vital rainforests and other habitats have been degraded and destroyed. Read more below to find out why Indonesia’s land has been managed so poorly. Read more on Mongabay. Read more…

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U.S State Department Human Rights Report 2013: Malaysia’s Indigenous Peoples

The rights of indigenous people of Malaysia have been consistantly neglected and even suppressed by the Malaysian government. Read more below about different abuses to indigenous rights in an excerpt of the U.S State Department Human Rights Report on Malaysia’s indigenous peoples by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.  Read more on Sarawak Report. …

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