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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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Malaysian Palm Oil Giant Tied to Social Conflict, Deforestation, Says Report

RAN recently released a report that argued that, while several, major global companies have made commitments to deforestation- and conflict-free palm oil,  Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) continues to source palm oil associated with forest destruction and community conflicts. Read more below to find out what RAN hopes will be achieved by releasing this report. …

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Deforestation Makes Indonesia Hotter, Reduces Quality of Life

In a poll of 8,000 people in 800 villages in Borneo, the majority of people said that heat was the biggest impact of deforestation on their health, well-being, and welfare. Read more below to find out how deforestation is raising the local temperature and why this heat negatively affects Malaysian and Indonesian people so drastically. Read more…

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Study Warns of Possible REDD+ Land Grab

A new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that REDD+, the UN program to reduce global carbon emissions, may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors. Read more below to find out why this program may be…

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Grocery Giant Commits to Zero-Deforestation Policy for Palm Oil Sourcing

Safeway, the second biggest U.S. grocery chain, has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products. Safeway will ask its suppliers to implement social and environmental criteria that ensure the palm oil it uses in branded products is ethical. Read more below to find out what their commitment involves.…

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Alien Trees Use Logging Roads to Invade Borneo Forests

One tropical tree from Central and South America has made itself at home in Borneo where it is crowding  out local vegetation and interfering with forest recovery. Although this tree has been slow to spread through Borneo since its introduction in 1952, new logging roads appear to be driving the species farther afield. Read more below…

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Sarawak’s RM559Million ‘Schools For Votes’ Scandal

A deliberate vote-buying scheme in Sarawak which was approved by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Muhyiddin Yassinhas, been recently uncovered by Sarawak Report. Read more below to find out who else was involved in this scandal, what they did, and exactly how much money was…

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