Indigenous Peoples’ Conference 2015 to discuss forward-looking vision of power development

Date: January 26, 2015 Kuching – On the occasion of International Energy Week (IEW), people representing diverse communities from across Sarawak are gathering to discuss the socio-economics of power development. They will be considering alternative perspectives on the opportunities for ensuring socio-economic development, including of the power sector, will serve...

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New Pan Borneo Highway mega-project unnecessary?

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has promised RM27 billion to begin construction on a 1,663km highway across Borneo, although a similar highway was completed in 2008. Journalist Joe Leong posits that rather than using tax payers’ money to built a new road, what is needed is the repair and proper...

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Protest in Kuala Lumpur Against Murum and Baram Dam

A peaceful protest against mega dam projects in Sarawak took place outside the Kuala Lumpur Parliament building yesterday morning. Protesters held signs against the Murum Dam and Baram Dam, asking the Malaysian government to respect indigenous demands for a fair settlement or stop construction of the dams altogether. Read more...

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Indonesian Group to Map Customary Forest, Deter Land Grabbing

A landmark ruling has declared state control of customary forests unconstitutional, effectively returning 40 million hectares of customary lands to indigenous communities in Indonesia. Yet as the land is unmapped, this decision does not protect the land from development projects. An indigenous group has stepped forward, vowing to map the 30...

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Our Opinion: Borneo

Borneo, by Joe Lamb, Founder of the Borneo Project We live in interesting times. Some consider living in interesting times to be a curse, perhaps a euphemistic translation of the Chinese, 住在不好的時候 , “to be born in bad times.” Others think the saying originates in ancient Ireland. Perhaps the curse...

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A New Frog Discovered in Borneo

Malaysian scientist, Indraneil Das, discovered a new species of frog during an expedition to Mount Singai in the Borneo rainforest that has a distinct high-pitched call. Das hopes to publish the discovery to draw attention to Borneo’s amazing biodiversity and to help promote rainforest conservation efforts, currently threatened by logging...

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