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Logging, Palm Oil Plantations, and Indonesia’s Summer Of Smoke – August 21, 2013

With wealthy communities in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia feeling the impact of forest fires, the time is ripe for action

Over the last few weeks and months, I have followed the spread of the haze from the fires in Sumatra, which have inundated Singapore and peninsular Malaysia, with a mixture of both sadness and deja vu.

forest fire in IndonesiaResearch by the World Resources Institute has shown that half of the fires in Indonesia occur in areas that have been set aside for pulp and paper and palm oil plantations.

I lived in Indonesian Borneo during the infamous fires of the late 1990s, when the sky was not visible for months, flights were canceled, and people stayed inside if at all possible. The air… more

by: Brihannala Morgan

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Indigenous Activists Escalate Campaign Against Dams in Borneo – May 30, 2013

Tribes say dams have violated their right to free, prior, and informed consent

In Malaysia, street protests are rare. Indigenous-led street protests are even more rare. That’s why the sight last week of more than 300 Indigenous people wearing matching blue shirts reading “No More Dams” and holding signs demanding “Respect Free Prior and Informed Consent” and “Stop Baram Dam” outside of a major conference was so historic.

On May 22, people from nine different tribes from across the island of Borneo came to Kuching, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, to demand that the Sarawak government abandon plans to build 12 dams in some of the most remote regions of Borneo’s rainforest. The protesters were also demanding that dam-building proponents… more

by: Brihannala Morgan

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