In the eighties, the Swiss Bruno Manser sought a life in harmony with nature in Malaysia. He found what he was looking for with the Penan in the state of Sarawak on Borneo. After living with them for several years, the bulldozers of the logging companies reached the Penan forest. Bruno Manser started to get involved in the protection of the forest and, after his return from Sarawak, founded the Bruno Manser Fonds in 1992.

In 2000, Bruno Manser mysteriously disappeared without a trace in the rainforest of Sarawak. The Bruno Manser Fonds continues his legacy and is committed to the Penan and the preservation of the rainforest.
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He who has understood and does not act, has not understood.

Campaigns and Projects

Campaign

Olympics – “no” to tropical timber!

Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. Construction work on the new Olympic Stadium started in December 2016. Evidence indicates that plywood from Sarawak is being used for concrete formwork in the course of construction.

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Olympics – “no” to tropical timber!

Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. Construction work on the new Olympic Stadium started in December 2016. Evidence indicates that plywood from Sarawak is being used for concrete formwork in the course of construction.

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Campaign

The Baram Peace Park

Together with the Bruno Manser Fonds, the Penan came up with the idea of a rainforest park in the north of Sarawak in 2009. Protection of the rainforest is to go hand in hand with sustainable income opportunities and indigenous rights

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The Baram Peace Park

Together with the Bruno Manser Fonds, the Penan came up with the idea of a rainforest park in the north of Sarawak in 2009. Protection of the rainforest is to go hand in hand with sustainable income opportunities and indigenous rights

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Forest Restoration

Les Penan collectent dans ce but des semences dans la forêt et entretiennent des jeunes plants dans une pépinière, avec lesquels les communes voisines peuvent remettre en valeur leurs surfaces dégradées et les peuplements forestiers défrichés.

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Forest Restoration

Les Penan collectent dans ce but des semences dans la forêt et entretiennent des jeunes plants dans une pépinière, avec lesquels les communes voisines peuvent remettre en valeur leurs surfaces dégradées et les peuplements forestiers défrichés.

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Corruption in the tropical-timber trade

Trade in tropical timber has been a very lucrative business for Sarawak for more than thirty years and also one that is susceptible to corruption. Very few key individuals control the issue of logging concessions and the export of tropical timber.

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Corruption in the tropical-timber trade

Trade in tropical timber has been a very lucrative business for Sarawak for more than thirty years and also one that is susceptible to corruption. Very few key individuals control the issue of logging concessions and the export of tropical timber.

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Plant 10 trees for the regeneration of the forest

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Help sponsor a road blockade against illegal loggers

Lay 50 metres of pipes for clean drinking water

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Bruno Manser helped us with the defence of our forest.