Updates

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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Water Supply: a Major Problem in Sungai Asap

Peter Kallang, Chairman SAVE Rivers Dry taps or murky domestic water is not the only outstanding issue suffered by those who were displaced to make way for the controversial Bakun Dam. Although there has been a chorus of complaints about the dirty water supply recently, the authority should also seriously...

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Baram Villagers Learn About Community-Based Conservation

Three delegations from the Baram Conservation Initiative returned from their study tours on Sunday with aspirations for community-based conservation for the Baram region. On their study tour to Sabah and Kalimantan, community members from Baram learnt about community-driven sustainable development. The main objective of the study tour was for Baram...

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Marking One Year of Baram Dam’s Cancellation

Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) Jaringan Selamatkan Sungai-Sungai Sarawak Miri – A year after their land earmarked by the government for the Baram dam was given back to them, the Baram villagers gathered to celebrate their victory and solidarity in defending their river and land. The celebration brought together...

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