|The Geneh waterfall in Baram above the Tanjung Tepalit village|
|Youth members of SAVE Rivers at the Geneh waterfall|
The celebration was held in conjunction with the International Day of Action for Rivers which is globally celebrated on the 14th of March this year, and received support from all ages, all of whom spent the night in the natural surroundings. They were joined by supporters from the nearby villages.
After more than five years of resistance from the villagers of Baram against the dam, the government under the leadership of the late Chief Minister Adenan Hj. Satem, gave the land back to the people. The cancellation of the gazette in acquiring the land for the dam was published on the 18th of February 2016. The late Chief Minister Adenan Hj. Satem announced in an interview on the television, “There will be no Baram Dam.”
|Youth members of SAVE Rivers helped pulling a longboat up the bank|
of the Baram River for storage in Tanjung Tepalit
“The youth of Save Rivers applauds the Chief Minister Datuk Amar Johari Tun Openg for his commitment to sustainable development that focuses on the local communities. The youth depends heavily on healthy rivers and intact forests. Thus, the sustainable management of our natural resources is paramount,” says Caroline Nyurang, Save Rivers Youth Program Chairperson.
|Caroline Nyurang trying her skill in fishing by helping her father, James Nyurang|
|Peter Kallang (front left), Chairman of SAVE Rivers joining the Youth for a group photo|
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