Demanding an immediate stop to the dam project in Sarawak (Rainforest Rescue)

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Indigenous peoples take a stand against dams

In the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo, rainforest dwellers are speaking out against the government’s plans to build twelve mega-dams that would destroy their homes and livelihoods. The indigenous Penan people have occupied several of the building sites. Please voice your opposition to the dams to Swiss multinational ABB:

ABB, a Swiss-Swedish engineering group, has been involved in the construction of several dams in the rainforests of Borneo since 2009. Twelve massive hydroelectric plants are planned in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Together, they would submerge more than 1,600 km² of rainforest.

Tens of thousands of residents – above all the Penan, Kenyah and Kayan peoples – are at risk of losing their homes and livelihoods to the mega-dams. In response, they have occupied the building sites and access roads to Murum Dam and the planned Baram Dam. ABB’s Malaysian business partner Sarawak Energy has had to officially halt work on the latter project.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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