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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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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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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King Charles: be a champion for Sarawak’s forests

Indigenous communities from Sarawak have made an impassioned plea to King Charles III asking for the head of the Commonwealth to lend his support to their campaign to end rainforest destruction. On a visit to the UK last month, community representatives argued that — as the third largest importer of...

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New Short Film: Indigenous Plea to Halt Rainforest Destruction Brought To London

Indigenous rainforest activists from Borneo bring Cecilia Vicuña’s ‘Brain Forest Quipu’ to life in a moving solidarity ritual at London’s Tate Modern. Woven with interviews from leading environmentalists from the UK and Malaysia, the ceremony forms the centrepiece of a new short film by award-winning, activist-filmmaker, Fergus Dingle. ‘One With the...

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We stopped the chop! (for now)

Timber giant Samling has stopped logging and withdrawn its machinery from a key conservation area! Throughout the Covid years we’ve been hard at work with local communities to #StopTheChop. These efforts have pressured Samling to withdraw from several sites on Indigenous territory in the upper Baram River Basin. This shows how our coalition of grassroots organizations with relatively...

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Forest Stewardship Council FSC called on to drop Samling Group

Coalition submits complaint to FSC during General Assembly, calling on the body to withdraw Samling’s certificates (BALI, INDONESIA / MIRI, MALAYSIA) This week, a coalition of civil society organizations are calling on the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to drop Sarawak timber giant Samling and withdraw its FSC Licence Agreement under...

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Timber giant Samling enters forest earmarked for conservation, satellite images show

JOINT PRESS RELEASE by KERUAN, Bruno Manser Fund, The Borneo ProjectFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Logging company Samling extracts timber near culturally important site – Penan communities outraged (LONG AJENG / BARAM / SARAWAK) Logging company Samling is currently extracting timber from an area earmarked for community-led conservation and community development under...

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Baram communities start signature campaign against logging

Community signature campaign condemns selective consultations and requests a stop work order for timber giant Samling in Sarawak’s interior (BARAM / SARAWAK / MALAYSIA) Indigenous communities of the Baram River Basin have launched a signature campaign against the misleading sustainability certification of logging activities on their ancestral land. Last week...

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