The tropical rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo are one of the world's biodiversity centres. One hectare of forest in Borneo harbours more tree species than the whole of Europe. For centuries, Sarawak's native communities have sustainably used the Borneo forest and its river systems for farming, fishing and hunting. The current Sarawak government under its extremely corrupt Chief Minster, Abdul Taib Mahmud, is planning to build twelve hydroelectric dams, which would displace tens of thousands of people and flood large tracts of tropical rainforest. The dams would mainly benefit a handful of companies linked to the Taib family, which controls Sarawak's construction sector and holds a state-wide cement monopoly. The proposed dams are at the following locations (in alphabetical order) 1. Baleh River, Kapit Division 2. Baram River, Miri Division 3. Belaga River, Kapit Division 4. Belepeh Rivier, Kapit Division 5. Lawas River, Limbang Division 6. Limbang River, Limbang Division 7. Linau River, Miri Division 8. Metjawah River, Kapit Division 9. Murum River, Miri Division 10. Tutoh River, Miri Division 11. Ulu Air, Sri Aman/Betong Division 12. Batang Ai Extension, Sri Aman Division (extension of the present dam) The Baram and Murum dams have started construction. The others coming soon. Poor and mostly uneducated indigenous people are being displaced, covered with the lies of 'development' and 'free utilities'. Many displaced Batang Ai and Bakun dwellers have not received their promises from the government, even as far as their human rights being denied. We are asking the Malaysian authorities to put a stop to the Sarawak dam plans immediately, since they would have drastic social and environmental consequences. Please help us build up international pressure against the Sarawak corruption dams. We must stop all this before Sarawak turns into the next Atlantis. Pls sign the petition and help us spread it to others. Thanks!! http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/STOP_BARAM_DAM_SAVE_SARAWAK_FOREST_AND_RIVER/
signed and shared also in groups on FB
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Signed again using different e-mail address's. Thanks Cecelia & Michela
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Signed. And the picture of an orang utan is really sweet. Thank you, Michela.
2 sigs on latest petition
Noted and observed Photos Michela Just adorable as usual... Thnx for All you do Dear Friend ...Barb E Hugggs !!!
signed and still need signatures!..We need to post on the main Care2 (I still do not know how too post an article)
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Signed in due time. How horrendous when a country is led by corrupt people who accept bribery who don't care for the population of their own country.
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Noted and signed both. As I wrote in one comment, it's one issue to mar our environment. But they're also adding taking natives out of their home just to make money! It's ridiculous and so wrong!
Thanks Michela, last two petitions signed and shared.
What a Precious little girl? Thank you Danuta and Michela )))))))))))))) ....Sweet ...
1) Petition: Stop Baram Dam & Save Sarawak Forest & River http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/STOP_BARAM_DAM_SAVE_SARAWAK_FOREST_AND_RIVER/ Created by: Cecelia A. Ling The tropical Rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo are one of the world's Biodiversity centres. 1 hectare of Forest in Borneo harbours more Tree Species than the whole of Europe. For centuries, Sarawak's native communities have sustainably used the Borneo Forest & its river systems for farming, fishing & hunting. But the current Sarawak Gov.t, under its extremely corrupt Chief Minster is planning to build 12 hydroelectric dams, which would displace tens of thousands of people & flood large tracts of Tropical Rainforest. The dams would mainly benefit a handful of companies linked to the Taib family, which controls Sarawak's construction sector & holds a state-wide cement monopoly Please help us build up International pressure against the Sarawak corruption dams!! Stop Baram Dam!! I signed with all my family Emails!!! Spread the word!! Michela
Video: Save Sarawak http://www.indiegogo.com/SaveSarawak
2) Pet.: Denounce Construction of Baram River Dam in Malaysia http://forcechange.com/60805/denounce-construction-of-baram-river-dam-in-malaysia/ On the Island of Borneo, a plan to dam the Baram River to generate hydroelectric power is underway. This dam will devastate the local ecology & force the displacement of 20,000 natives indigenous to the region.The native displacement for the sake of industrial development stands in sharp contrast with the promises Gov.t officials & contractors make. This isn’t the 1st dam project which would displace thousands of natives. The Bakun Dam started construction in 1990s & saw the displacement & relocation of 10,000 natives. Given infertile land, substandard housing, the natives are fighting to find food, clean drinking water, & stave off diseases like tuberculosis & malaria. This displacement the Baram River natives are fearful of. Dam poses a serious threat to biodiversity in Sarawak. Borneo: 1 of the largest islands in the world, home to 1 of the oldest Rainforests, boasts 1 of the world’s most biologically diverse habitats & is home to many endangered species: the BorneoGibbon, Bornean BayCat, unique varieties of flora & fauna, & 1 of the world’s largest butterflies. Dam construction will seriously impact these species’ ecosystems, placing them at greater risk of extinction. This an environmental travesty, it will seriously impact Borneo’s ecotourism industry, on the native population & the environment. The short term benefits of increased revenue generated by hydroelectric power are seriously outweighed by the negative humanitarian & environmental impacts of the dam. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3540871
Thank you for all you do! Love & hugs, Gudrun
News: Indigenous groups expel workers, blockade another dam in Sarawak http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1105-baram-dam-blockade-denton.html Hundreds of tribal people in Sarawak have started blockading a 2nd big hydroelectric dam project being built by a Gov.t which critics accuse of nepotism & corruption. Late last month around 200 native Kenyah, Kayan & Penan people chased away workers & set up a blockade on a road leading to the site of the proposed 1200 megawatt Baram dam. The dam, to be built on Sarawak’s 2nd-biggest river, would flood an area of 388 sq. kilometers incl. 32 villages that are home to an estim. 20,000 people, half of whom live permanently in the area. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3668361
News: 8 tribesmen arrested in Borneo dam protest http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1107-murum-dam-protest-arrests.html Nov. 7 2013 Malaysian authorities arrested 8 indigenous protestors in a crackdown on a long-running demonstration against a dam the tribesmen say will flood their homeland in Malaysian Borneo. According to a report from the AFP, police arrested 8 Penan protesters & dismantled barriers that had been blockading a road to the Murum dam site. The Penan are demanding greater compensation for being displaced by the $1.3 billion dam, which will flood 245 sq. kilometers of land. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3669536
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