New study in Borneo combines book knowledge with bush knowledge to empower local communities and protect rainforests
Sandwiched between the Indonesian border to the east, Mount Murud to the north and the Pulong Tau National Park to the west, the Kelabit Highland town of Bario is the kind of Shangri La that Borneo dreams are made of.
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This remote region of Sarawak is what anthropologist Tom Harrison called “the last frontier of the tropical world.” Only accessible by 10-seater propeller plane, the Highlands are home to the descendants of headhunters and nomads who believed… more
by: Fiona McAlpine
Mega Dams Are So Last Year – March 14, 2018
And we can’t wait for the day we can say these destructive projects are history
In February last year, the residents of the small town of Oroville in California’s Gold Country were told a 30-foot wall of water was headed their way. The men and women of the town ran through the streets in panic, and almost 200,000 people were evacuated from the area. These were not extras in a Deep Impact reboot, they were running from a structural failure in America’s tallest dam — the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam had run into problems with both its main and emergency spillways after days of heavy rainfall and chances of massive breach seemed very likely.
As the world watched on with bated breath, the emergency spillway eased… more
by: Fiona McAlpine
Sarawak Is Worth Saving from Timber Barons and Palm Oil Tycoons – December 18, 2017
It’s time for Malaysia to listen to Indigenous communities and help preserve Borneo
I’m piled into the back of a 4x4 on my first trip to Sarawak, alongside my compadre and boss Jettie Word. We are barrelling down the road from Miri to Sungai Keluan — a strip of highway that can be described as part paradise, part post-apocalyptic — on our way to visit an Indigenous community fighting to save their last remaining patch of rainforest. We are visiting as part of our work with Earth Island Institute’s Borneo Project, an organization that supports community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights in Borneo.
Photo by Fiona McAlpine