Al-Jazeera’s Earthrise features Kinabatangan

May 02, 12 Al-Jazeera’s Earthrise features Kinabatangan

Recently, Steve Chao from Al-Jazeera’s Earthrise visited us at the Kinabatangan to better understand what are the problems on the ground and how the local community is choosing to deal with it.

With Mincho from Red Ape Encounters (a community based tour company) as Steve’s guide, he explorers the Kinabatangan by river and from the air.  Along the way, he also meets up with our Reforestation Team and Orang-utan Research Unit and learns more about the issues and the work that is being carried out by the local community to ensure that wildlife survives in the Kinabatangan.

The 11 minute video can be accessed from by going here : 

Kinabatangan on Al- Jazeera

1 Comment

  1. Fiona Dawson /

    Hello there – I have just been to Kinabatangan River as part of a holiday visit to Borneo in June 2012. We did a home stay on the river with a man called Osman (his wife Yanti and two twin kids). He is very passionate about his environment and job as a tour guide (in fact he was to act as a guide for the BBC the following month) but very depressed about the locals selling their plots of land to the Chinese to plant palm oil which continues to fragment the rainforest adjoining the river.
    I was actually thinking of starting a petition to the Malaysian Govt – a solution could be for the govt or an international conservation group (we have one here in Australia called Rainforest Rescue) to purchase the land from the locals to keep as rainforest. With the tourism employment available in the area there is surely no need for palm oil to be planted along the river or the associated barges & trucks.
    Would you have an idea of who in the govt I could send a petition to ? If they realise that overseas visitors would prefer the rainforest to palm oil more action might be taken by them ? (although we all know how corrupt the Malaysian govt is).
    I would really like to help Osman and the river community as they seem powerless to help themselves, the rainforest or their futures. Osman said that he might be forced to sell soon too as he thought a large area across the river from him had just been sold too – “soon there will be no habitat, wildlife or jobs and I will have to sell for my family’s sake”.
    I would be very grateful for any info you have.
    Thanks
    Fiona (Australia)

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