30 Jun '14, 12pm

Borneo mega-dams threaten indigenous 'ethnocide'

Borneo mega-dams threaten indigenous 'ethnocide'

What the government is doing when they're flooding all these areas is actually killing off the culture, the traditions of the community. It's basically ethnocide. Sarawak, Malaysia, is located on the island of Borneo, the third largest island in the world. Sarawak is home to thousands of endemic species, forty indigenous groups, and one of the largest transboundary rainforests remaining in the world . The state is also suffering from one of the world's highest rates of deforestation ; only 5% of its primary forests remain . Now, Sarawak's forests and their inhabitants face another threat: the damming of its rivers for hydroelectric power. The Malaysian government and its state-owned energy utility Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) plan to build 12 large dams , due to produce 7,000 MW (megawatts) of electricity. Six of them are scheduled for completion by 2020. These dams are par...

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