12 Jun '12, 2pm

A Desperate Effort to Save the Rainforest of Borneo

A Desperate Effort to Save the Rainforest of Borneo

A Desperate Effort to Save the Rainforest of Borneo The once-magnificent tropical forests of Borneo have been decimated by rampant logging and clearing for oil palm plantations. But in the Malaysian state of Sabah, a top official is fighting to reverse that trend by bringing sustainable forestry to the beleaguered island. by rhett butler For most people, Borneo conjures up images of a wild and distant land of rainforests, exotic beasts, and nomadic tribes. But that place increasingly exists only in one’s imagination, for the forests of the world’s third-largest island have been rapidly and relentlessly logged, burned, and bulldozed in recent decades, leaving only a sliver of its once-magnificent forests intact. View gallery Courtesy of Rhett Butler/Mongabay Forest clearing for oil palm just outside the Yayasan Sabah concession area. Flying over Sabah, a Malaysian state tha...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/a_desperate_effort_to_save_t...

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