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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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Malaysia at Risk of Falling Behind in Push for More Sustainable Palm Oil

The Malaysian Palm Oil NGO Coalition (MPONGOC) has urged Malaysian banks, palm oil associations, and other government-backed institutions to commit to standards in the palm oil industry or risk falling behind a broader movement  that exclude deforestation and social conflict from their supply chains. Read more below to find out who the MPONGOC thinks could play a…

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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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