World Rainforest Movement

Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

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Malaysia: Stop recognising plantations as forests, FAO is told

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

On 21 March 2017, Malaysian NGOs The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joined worldwide action...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe discuss anti-dam struggles

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

  In December 2015, indigenous peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia, celebrated a major victory: the state government announced a moratorium and,...

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Southeast Asia: Strengthening resistance beyond boundaries

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

This is the third regional bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement in the past 10 months. The first regional issue (WRM Bulletin 224)...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe adopt anti-dam declaration

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

Indigenous peoples fighting the construction of dams in many parts of the world stand in solidarity with the second year anniversary of...

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Banking on biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The trade in biodiversity credits has been positioned as a solution to the problem of biodiversity loss (especially orang-utan habitat) in...

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Malaysia: Human trafficking and workers’ abuse in palm oil plantations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Malaysian palm oil industry, which produces 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, is growing but, according to labourers and...

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Gender impact of oil palm plantations among indigenous peoples in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article from the recently launched book “Gender and Land Tenure in the context of Disaster in Asia”, examines the impact of changing...

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Moratorium on the Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, approved!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

After two years of blocking all work on the proposed Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, the indigenous peoples have scored a major victory:...

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Financialized capital and palm oil corporations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The surging global demand for palm oil has produced windfall profits for the industry and turned oil palm plantations into hot targets for...

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Broken Promises in Malaysia: Displaced by Dams

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The construction of three mega dams in Malaysia has displaced tens of thousands of people and forced them into resettlement areas. A...

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China and Malaysia: furthering plantations and GE Trees

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Much of the research into genetic engineering (GE) of trees focuses on following plantation industries’ wishes, which are most...

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Greed and Resistance in Sarawak’s Rainforest

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The recently released book “Money Logging” documents the local politics, international complicity and dedicated resistance in the...

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Malaysia: Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan For Power Grid in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Environmental and human rights groups from Malaysia and abroad are calling on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to stop a proposal...

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Malaysia – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: August 2014 Forest tree species being manipulated: Oil Palm Rubber Aim of...

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Victory over Malaysian land grabbers in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The people of Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea have won back their land from Malaysian loggers and oil palm companies after a hard...

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Malaysia, Sarawak: Native customary landowners continue to protest against large scale oil palm plantation schemes

Posted on May 7, 2014

The State Government of Sarawak has issued a provisional lease for an oil palm plantation scheme to Woodijaya Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of...

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Modern-day slavery in oil palm plantations: The outstanding cases of Malaysia and Indonesia

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: E. Benjamin Skinner Malaysia Malaysiahas become a destination for migrant workers from other Southeast Asian countries– mainly...

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Mega-dams in Sarawak: how indigenous peoples rise to defend their rights

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

300 indigenous people protested against Sarwak’s dams at the congress of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) this May in...

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Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia – Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines,...

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Take action for indigenous rights in Sarawak

Posted on May 30, 2013

Tens of thousands of indigenous people from Sarawak, Malaysia, are threatened with forced displacement as the Sarawak government moves...

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Malaysia: Penan indigenous peoples threatened by logging and mega dam

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The native customary land of Penan villagers in Sungai Patah, Baram is now confronted by a double threat coming from the attempt of a...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Malaysia: Baram Dam would flood indigenous communities to benefit mining in Borneo

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

The current government of Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, is planning to build 12 hydroelectric dams which would...

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Pertahankan kehidupan

Posted on Sep 11, 2011

MALAY. Apakah makna hutan bagi masyarakat tempatan? Hutan bermakna kehidupan Dan apa makna ladang...

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Asian forests lost to pet’s market

Posted on May 5, 2011

Often hidden, neglected or unknown, the underlying causes of deforestation are multiple and varied. And even odd. Maybe many people are...

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Malaysia: Landmark decision against oil palm joint venture companies

Posted on May 5, 2011

The High Court in Kuching, the capital city of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak in the island of Borneo, has made a landmark decision...

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Malaysia: Penan demand against government for forestry licenses

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

The Penan have been living in the rainforests of Sarawak since time immemorial. They used to hunt and gather food from the rainforest and...

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Malaysia: Indigenous Peoples call for a moratorium on large-scale tree plantations

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

On the World Indigenous Peoples Day – 9th August 2009 – the Malaysian Indigenous Peoples Organisations Coalition called on for...

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Malaysia: River siltation due to deforestation underlying severe floods in Sarawak

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

Heavy rains started pouring on January 14 and continued for almost one month in the East Malaysian state of Sarawak, hitting especially the...

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Malaysia: Indonesian children and migrant workers enslaved in oil palm plantations

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

Oil palm firms are making a fortune in Malaysia particularly with the current agrofuel rush. But none of it goes to those who put their...

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Malaysia: Those who lose in the oil palm business

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

In Malaysia, palm oil expansion goes hand in hand with deforestation –despite government officials claiming otherwise. A press release...

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Malaysia: Blockades against Sarawak oil palm company

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

In Europe and the US, palm oil is being promoted as an agrofuel that will allegedly prevent the increase of carbon dioxide emissions to the...

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Malaysia: Sarawak forest peoples harassed by logging and dams

Posted on Jul 24, 2008

In  last month’s WRM bulletin we recalled the long standing battle that local communities had waged for Sarawak’s forests, notably...

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Malaysia: The logging trail leading to tree monocultures in Sarawak

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

In 1989, WRM and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends of the Earth) produced the publication “The Battle for Sarawak’s Forests”, which...

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Malaysia: Severe health effects of pesticides on workers in oil palm plantations

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Pesticides negatively impact the health and lives of millions of agricultural pesticide users, their communities and consumers worldwide...

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Status of Implementation of Forest-Related Clauses in the CBD: An Independent Review & Recommendations for Action

Posted on Mar 18, 2002

Commissioned by the Global Forest Coalition This report is based on 21 country case studies, including Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada,...

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