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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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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UBFA communities launch declaration to protect their forests

Communities from Upper Baram Forest Area welcome steps taken to realize the project, and hand over declaration to Forest Department Sarawak and International Tropical Timber Organization On March 20th in Kuching, Indigenous representatives participated in the Upper Baram Forest Area meeting with the Forest Department Sarawak and a representative from...

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Want to visit beautiful Borneo? Your questions answered

Interested in a remarkable experience in Sarawak far from the regular tourist track? Thinking about volunteering? Here are our recommendations  Can I come volunteer with The Borneo Project? Many people around the world reach out to us asking if they can volunteer and spend some time in the field. Unfortunately...

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Land rights defenders refute assemblyman’s claims 

Contrary to Dennis Ngau’s claims, local organizations highlight widespread opposition to logging in the Ulu Baram (Miri/Sarawak/Malaysia) On 8th March, Free Malaysia Today published a report quoting Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau as saying that logging poses no threat to Indigenous communities in the Baram. Ngau told FMT that, “After...

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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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