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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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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Timber Concessions in Sumatra Have High Conservation Value

Five industrial plantation forest concessions that supply timber to PT Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in South Sumatra are areas of high conservation value inhabited by endangered Sumatran tigers and other endemic wildlife. Read more below to find out how people are keeping wildlife and their habitats safe. Read more on...

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Sustainable Tropical Timber Trade Mislabeled, Says Report

A new report from Friends of the Earth International has determined that the ‘sustainable’ tropical timber trade, particularly in Malaysia, is not actually sustainable at all. The report suggests that the trade could become more sustainable with changes in policy by timber importers, which would include requirements such as free,...

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Norway Cuts Ties With Two Malaysian Forestry Companies

Norway has blacklisted two Malaysian timber companies after an investigation brought to light the environmental havoc they have wreaked on Borneo’s tropical forests. Read more from Mongabay Read more about Forest and Climate Policy in Borneo then join the conversation on Facebook Norway’s $760 billion pension fund has divested from two...

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Deforestation Pits Elephants Against Man in Nunukan

As more and more forest is cleared for palm oil plantations and timber estates, the Borneo pygmy Elephant is  increasingly coming into conflict with humans in the East Kalimantan district of Nunukan. Since 2006, elephants are now venturing into human settlements about once every seven months and with more of...

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