Updates

Indigenous leader appeals to the Japanese Prime Minister: stop rainforest destruction for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Supplier of wood for Tokyo’s new National Olympic Stadium accused of destroying Indigenous livelihoods SARAWAK / MALAYSIA – On the anniversary of the first Tokyo Olympics, Matu Tugang, headman of the Indigenous Penan community of Long Jaik from Sarawak, Malaysia, delivered an urgent plea to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

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NGOs Demand Olympic Authorities End Rainforest Destruction and Human Rights Abuses Connected to Tokyo 2020 Olympics Construction

TOKYO/LIMA – Today, 47 civil society organizations delivered an open letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic authorities, at the start of the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lima, Peru. The letter reiterated grave and mounting concerns about the legitimacy and accountability of IOC sustainability commitments and the reputation...

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August 2017 Updates

Learning how to manage forests in Bario: On our recent trip to Sarawak we visited Bario, a community in the Kelabit Highlands. We wanted to learn about the consultation and management process for the Pulong Tau National Park, a large protected area nearby. We planted trees and chatted with Lian, one of only three rangers...

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Another mega dam in Sarawak? No thank you.

Miri – The decision to proceed with the construction of the Trusan Dam is in direct contradiction with previous policy.  In an recent article in The Borneo Post, Abang Johari was quoted as saying the Trusan dam in Lawas will be built after the completion of the Baleh Dam in Kapit. At...

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New research: building planned dams will significantly and irreversibly damage the environment

New paper in Nature analyses the wide-scale negative impacts of damming rivers in the Amazon basin. The Amazon basin will suffer significant and irreversible environmental damage if hundreds of planned dams are constructed. The hydrophysical and ecological disturbances will impact the Amazon basin’s floodplains, estuary, and sediment plume. The benefits will not...

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May 2017 Updates

Protests Against Use of Sarawak Timber in Tokyo Olympics: Indigenous groups in Miri and Kuala Lumpur held protests in front of the Japanese Embassy and the offices of timber giant Shin Yang regarding the use of unsustainable Sarawak timber for construction of the stadium for the Tokyo Olympics.  On the same day we handed over 140,000 petition signatures...

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Scandal

Over 140,000 signatures delivered to Japanese Embassies around the world demanding no rainforest destruction or human rights abuses – Banner protests in Sarawak, Malaysia and at Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium site (TOKYO / JAPAN & BERN / SWITZERLAND & BERLIN / GERMANY & MIRI / MALAYSIA) This week, activists from...

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Our Letter to the Editor: New York Times

Protect Indigenous Land Rights to Protect the Environment To the Editor: “A Refuge for Orangutans, and a Quandary for Environmentalists” frames a critical dilemma; is it blood money or magnanimous sanctuary when corporations fund ecological interventions?  What’s happening in Borneo is not just an “environmentalist” quandary – it’s also about...

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April 2017 Updates

Tokyo Builds Olympic Stadium with Timber Linked to Indigenous Rights Abuses in Sarawak: An investigation by several international NGOs has revealed that timber from Shin Yang, a Malaysian logging giant accused of deforestation and human rights violations, is being used to construct the wooden stadium that will be the centerpiece of...

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