China’s Global Dam Builder at a Crossroads

The Chinese dam-building company Sinohydro, which is responsible for the construction of three hydroelectric dams in Malaysia, is failing to implement its own sustainable development policy framework. In this article International Rivers Policy Director Peter Bosshard examines Sinohydro’s continued evasion of its sustainability commitments, including its recent decision to consider building several...

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Broken promises at Sungai Asap resettlement

Sixteen years after the creation of the Sungai Asap dam resettlement, reporter Hanna Hindstrom interviewed a Penan woman living in this community. Layo revealed the ways in which her life drastically changed as she and her family were forced to move from their homes to make way for the Bakun dam. Read on to learn about how her...

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Proposed Malaysia Dams Raise Transparency, Livelihood Fears

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Sarawak government come under criticism from activists denouncing the development of 12 dams, for which the process has not been transparent regarding social and environmental concerns.  Read more from Thomson Reuters Foundation Read more about the Borneo Project’s Campaign to Stop the Dams in...

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Illegal logging complicating Bengoh dam saga

Villagers affected by the Bengoh dam who had initially agreed to be resettled with the condition that they were given houses, land, and basic infrastructure, are having second thoughts. In addition to being kept in the dark about the resettlement schedule, a logging company has moved onto the land the...

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A Report from Earth Island on The Borneo Project!

The Director of the Borneo Project, Jettie Word, speaks to the importance of protecting Borneo’s rivers and the communities that live on their banks from twelve massive and destructive proposed dam projects. Read more about how the Borneo Project is supporting indigenous communities who are directly impacted by environmental destruction....

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Ceremony Disrupted by Protests Against Dam Project

The people of Baram gathered together to protest the proposed Baram Dam during a ceremony called the ‘Manyau Dalleh’ organised last Saturday by the state government and Sarawak Energy Berhad to kick start the second phase of soil studies of the dam project. Read more about the protest against the...

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