SAVE Rivers is an indigenous-led network working to prevent the construction of mega-dams in Sarawak. If constructed, these dams will force tens of thousands of people from their land, pollute the rivers – the lifelines of the jungle – and destroy thousands of hectares of the most biodiverse terrestrial landscape in the world. SAVE Rivers is at the forefront of the community-led activism fighting the dams. The organization hosts conferences and roadshows, organizes public demonstrations, and advocates for legal measures to protect communities facing forced relocation if the dams are built. Learn more about SAVE Rivers here.
The Bruno Manser Fund stands for fairness in the tropical forest. BMF are committed to campaigning for the conservation of the threatened tropical rainforests with their biodiversity and strive for the respect of the rights of the rainforest dwellers. In consideration of the fact that the founder and long-standing chair, Bruno Manser, spent many years living with the Penan in the Malaysian federal state of Sarawak on Borneo, BMF are primarily committed to working for this people and for the protection of the Sarawak forests.
PACOS empowers indigenous communities in Sabah through providing support to village-based organizations. PACOS has been cultivating a cadre of community organizers who return to their villages after training to empower their own communities to deal with issues of land and resource management, and socio-economic development, as well as culture and education. One of their main emphases lies in early child care development, establishing a network of preschools in indigenous areas, training local teachers and developing specialized curricula. PACOS is also poised to become a regional leader in renewable energy technologies through their strength in technical training and support. Click here for more information about PACOS.
SAM is one of the most established environmental and human rights organizations in Southeast Asia. SAM has been on the forefront of indigenous struggles in Sarawak since the mid-1980s and has partnered with The Borneo Project for the last 20 years. SAM provides organizing and training support to a vast network of indigenous communities. SAM provides paralegal training, documentation, advocacy, community resource management systems. Click here for the SAM website.
TONIBUNG was originally founded in 1991 to train relocated indigenous peoples struggling to adapt to unfamiliar agricultural circumstances. For the past 10 years, TONIBUNG has turned their attention towards rural electrification, focusing predominantly on micro-hydroelectric systems. TONIBUNG is currently seeking to build their capacity by empowering rural indigenous technicians, enabling them to design and implement renewable resource management schemes of their own.
UBRA is a community-based organization founded in 1989 to protect the ancestral lands of the Kayan community of Uma Bawang, beginning with organizing roadblocks against logging companies operating in indigenous territory. Through programs such as a communal fish ponds, livestock rearing, fruit orchards, organic farming, and an agroforestry pilot project for local timber needs, UBRA has become a model for communities struggling to survive in areas where logging has weakened community life and depleted essential forest resources. UBRA’s consistent work in poverty reduction through conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity has been internationally recognized, and the organization has received the United Nations Equator Prize and the Slow Food Award.