News from Sarawak
This professionally operated, independent news service from Western Malaysia publishes regular reports from its own correspondent on the political developments in Sarawak. Access to details is for paying subscribers only.
Rengah Sarawak www.rengah.c2o.org
A website from Sarawak with close NGO ties, providing up-to-date news and an online archive, including the topics of indigenous rights, the timber and plantation industry, protection of the rainforest and politics.
Information about the Penan
The Canadian linguist and author, Ian Mackenzie, maintains a website with extensive information about the rainforest people. You can also consult an excerpt from his dictionary of the Penman language.
Websites of Malaysian non-government organisations
Borneo Resource Institute BRIMAS http://brimas.www1.50megs.com
This organisation is based in Miri (Sarawak) and perseveres in its consistent campaign for the rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of biodiversity.
Center for Orang Asli Concerns COAC www.coac.org.my
This centre, which is based in Kuala Lumpur, defends the interests of the rainforest inhabitants of Western Malaysia (Orang Asli) and is the publisher of a series of high-grade scientific works on the subject.
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) www.mns.org.my
This society campaigns for the scientific research and protection of Malaysia’s unique flora and fauna.
Partners of Community Organizations "PACOS" www.sabah.net.my/PACOS
This relief organisation is based in the Malaysian federal state of Sabah and campaigns for the rights of Sabah’s indigenous population.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia SAM www.foe-malaysia.org
The Malaysian section of the Friends of the Earth network is committed to social and economic matters. Its head office is in Western Malaysia, and it has a branch office in Marudi, Sarawak.
International organisations focusing on Sarawak
Borneo Project http://borneoproject.org
This organisation, which is based in Berkeley, California (USA), was created in 1991. Its commitment to the rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of the rainforests takes the form of specific relief projects in the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah.
Rainforest Foundation Norway www.regnskog.no
The Norwegian section of the foundation created by the pop singer Sting provides support for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak in their endeavours to enforce their land rights and protection of the forest as part of its active involvement in Southeast Asia.
Sarawak Campaign Committee www.thirdculture.com/scc
This campaign group, which is based in Tokyo, carries out research into and publishes information on the activities of the Japanese timber industry, one of the principal customers for tropical timber from Sarawak.
International Organisations focusing on the subjects of the rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of tropical rainforests
Cultural Survival www.culturalsurvival.org
This American organisation lobbies worldwide for indigenous peoples and publishes a periodical called "Cultural Survival Quarterly".
The Forests and the European Union Resource Network makes sure that information is exchanged between the various NGOs concerned with forests and coordinates their lobbying activities vis-à-vis the European Union.
Forest Peoples Programme www.forestpeoples.org
This British NGO works to assist the forest peoples of Asia, Africa and South America through specific projects.
Greenpeace Suisse www.greenpeace.ch
Greenpeace International (head office: The Hague) and its various national sections have made protection of the rainforests into one of their long-running campaign themes.
Rainforest Foundation www.rainforestfoundationuk.org
This foundation set up by pop singer Sting has branch offices in New York, London and Oslo and provides support for projects by indigenous peoples to protect the rainforests. It also performs critical analyses of the work of the big NGOs.
Global Response http://globalresponse.org
This organisation, which is domiciled in Boulder, Colorado (USA), is specialised in letter and e-mail campaigns on environmental issues and has supported various Penan concerns on a number of occasions.
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs IWGIA www.iwgia.org
This organisation has its head office in Denmark and is committed to working in favour of indigenous peoples on all continents of the world. It publishes the much-respected yearbook "The Indigenous World" and the magazine "Indigenous Affairs".
Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme for South Asia and Southeast Asia www.ntfp.org
A network of organisations in South and Southeast Asia, which provides support for forest dwellers to use their natural resources sustainably and to market products from the forest.
Pro Regenwald www.pro-regenwald.org
This German campaign organisation is based in Munich and has already supported the concerns of the Penan and other indigenous groups in Sarawak on numerous occasions.
Rainforest Portal www.rainforestportal.org
The website run by the US activist, Glen Barry, provides extensive online documentation on rainforest themes and current campaigns.
Rettet den Regenwald www.regenwald.org
This German campaign organisation based in Hamburg includes the Penan in those supported through its e-mail campaigns.
Survival International www.survival-international.org
This London-based organisation is one of the most important bodies providing help to indigenous peoples and maintains branch offices in France, Spain and Germany.
World Rainforest Movement www.wrm.org.uy
This organisation is based in Uruguay and coordinates the global exchange of information on rainforest topics. It also publishes a newsletter, which commands a lot of attention.
Organisations in Switzerland
Centre de documentation, de recherche et d’information des peuples autochtones "Docip" www.docip.org
The aim of this organisation is to establish a link between indigenous peoples and the United Nations. It runs a documentation centre dealing with matters affecting indigenous peoples at the European UNO headquarters in Geneva.
Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker www.gfbv.ch
Bruno Manser was one of the co-founders of the Swiss section of this society, which is dedicated to the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples and the defence of human rights.
Greenpeace Switzerland www.greenpeace.ch
The Swiss section of Greenpeace was a partner of the Bruno Manser Fund in the project urwaldfreundlich.ch (Switzerland as a friend of primeval forests, the preceding project of „ancient forest friendly communities“) and was actively involved in the African rainforest campaign of Greenpeace International.
Comité de solidarité avec les Indiens des Amériques "Incomindios" www.incomindios.ch
Incomindios has been working closely with the indigenous peoples since 1974 in its commitment to have their values and rights respected and in promoting dialogue between cultures.
Intercooperation is an NGO based in Berne and it handles questions concerned with the protection of the tropical rainforest referred to it by SECO (the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs). Along with SECO, it runs the www.tropicalforests.ch website.
This foundation for sustainable development and intercultural exchange works actively in particular for maintaining the last surviving tropical rainforests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and for the reintroduction of orang-utans in central Sumatra.
Ancient forest friendly communities www.urwaldfreundliche-gemeinden.ch
This project of the Bruno-Manser-Fonds aims a sustainable consumption of timber and paper in the Swiss communities.
WWF Switzerland www.wwf.ch
In 1992, WWF Switzerland provided support for the publication of Bruno Manser’s book "Voices from the Rainforest". It was a partner of the Bruno Manser Fund in the "urwaldfreundlich.ch" project , the preceding project of „ancient forest friendly communities“).
The Swiss NGO FUPS, the organisation to promote environmentally compatible paper products and office ecology, is a partner of the Bruno-Manser-Fonds in the project „urwaldfreundliche Gemeinden“ („ancient forest friendly communities“).
International Tropical Timber Organization ITTO www.itto.or.jp
The members of the ITTO are representatives of countries that produce and consume tropical timber. This intergovernmental organisation is based in Yokohama (Japan), provides funding for tropical-forest projects and organises statistics on the trade in tropical timber.