6 things you need to know about our latest report

Our new report is titled “Lost in Certification: How forest certification greenwashes Samling’s dirty timber and fools the international market”. It is a comprehensive analysis of the most recent land conflicts in the Baram region of Sarawak. It looks at the most shocking community claims against logging company Samling and...

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Last nomads of Baram want to live undisturbed

The Penan of Ba Jawi reject logging and forest certification and want to continue their lives as nomads  (BA JAWI / BARAM / SARAWAK) In a letter to Samling sent today, the remote Penan community of Ba Jawi in the upper reaches of the Baram river adamantly reject logging: “As...

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Deforestation and palm oil: your questions answered

In 2018, the Minister of Primary Industries of Malaysia Teresa Kok made a pledge that no forest would be cleared for new palm oil production in the country. In 2023, Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah reiterated the same commitment in response to a new EU law that aims to ban the...

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Baram Penan villages reject forest certification

The Penan villages of Long Lamai and Ba Lai refuse to participate in the ongoing forest certification process and ask timber giant Samling to respect their territories (LONG LAMAI & BA LAI / BARAM / SARAWAK) The Penan communities of Long Lamai and Ba Lai have expressed their complete rejection...

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FSC launches new investigation into timber giant Samling

While international experts and civil society discuss best practices for impact assessments at the ongoing IAIA conference in Kuching, FSC launches investigation into Samling’s “unacceptable activities” in Sarawak  (KUCHING, MALAYSIA / BONN, GERMANY) This week, the Forest Stewardship Council FSC officially accepted a complaint against Malaysian timber giant Samling filed...

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Logging Activities in Ulu Baram will have Devastating Environmental Consequences and Severely Impact the Surrounding Indigenous Communities, say 47 Organisations

In response to the recent statements made by Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, who claimed that logging posed no threat to the indigenous community in Baram, the organisations emphasize that such claims are unfounded. Logging has significantly altered the environmental balance of the virgin forest and led to damage to...

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State of the Malaysian Rainforest: report

RimbaWatch (formerly known as the Rimba Disclosure Project), as part of its efforts to monitor activities related to deforestation in Malaysia, has published a study entitled “State of the Malaysian Rainforest 2023” which collates and analyses all its data on past and potential future deforestation. This is the first time...

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Latest UNESCO World Heritage row threatens Penan autonomy

Mulu community leader Ukau Lupung targeted by Sarawak government over Penan resistance against controversial township plans at UNESCO World Heritage site.  (MULU/SARAWAK/MALAYSIA) The Penan community of Bateu Bungan located at the heart of Sarawak’s iconic Gunung Mulu National Park denounce efforts by the Sarawak government to oust their long-term leader,...

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Ba Abang village sets up new logging blockade

Penan from Ba Abang village set up a blockade against Malaysian logging company GT Interhill and demand a community-elected headman. Sarawak’s Middle Baram Penan have once again set up a blockade against logging. The protesters are demanding that the company “stop cutting down trees and destroying land without consent”, says...

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