SAVE Rivers, is a group of concerned citizens is building a broad-based support to mobilise the public at large to speak-up against the plans of the Sarawak State Government to build more new dams that are destructive to the people and ecosystems. SAVE Rivers is partnering with NGOs, CBOs, Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the dam affected areas.
Save Rivers : Mission Impossible?
It seemed a bit like Mission Impossible.
task: to get Dan Kammen, UC Berkeley professor and expert of clean
energy, into Sarawak in a day to accommodate his short trip to Borneo.
The date: June 4th, 2012.
problem: this date coincided with school holidays and Gawai Dayak,
which meant that there were no flights available in short notice into
Sarawak (the Manager of Civil Society Initiatives and Wildlife
Conservation herself could not return home in Kuching to celebrate the
festivities with her family).
Heading up the Baram river, slated to be dammed
The Dayaks of Sarawak usually
celebrate the end of the harvest festival during the mid-year, that is
around June. June 1st and 2nd in particular are considered the official
Gawai Dayak celebrations, and are public holidays in the state, thus
many Sarawakians return home to their villages to spend time with their
Published: Sunday October 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM Updated: Sunday October 6, 2013 MYT 2:34:40 PMBY STEPHEN THEN MIRI: It is a race against time to rescue dozens of endangered animals in the Murum Valley threatened by rising waters from the impoundment of the Murum hydroelectric dam that began about two weeks ago.
The water behind the main dam wall is rising fast. Trees and bushes that sheltered these endangered animals are fast being submerged.
The Star yesterday received a call from an environmental activist who claimed that people were seen trying to capture these rare animals using traps.
Calls to the Wildlife Department went unanswered, probably because it was a weekend.
The Star also called up Penghulu Saging Bit, a local chieftain in Belaga, to find out what was actually happening.
Saging explained that the people who were trying to trap and capture the animals were wildlife rangers from Sarawak Forestry and locals hired to help them in the task.