Tag Archives: oil palm

Go forth and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth

So the forest clearance looks set to begin. A huge area has been cleared in the south of the Obah Suluk estate within Kalabakan Forest Reserve, the logging camp has been built, the saw mill is finished and a veritable … Continue reading

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We can’t palm off the basic questions

I’ve recently been trapping in the oil-palm plantations beyond our forested experimental area. Much as the Maliau Basin has set the bar for me on what we should expect from a piece of forested land, the oil palm plantations have … Continue reading

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Crossing Borneo

There’s a book I’ve been recommended more times than I can remember. It’s called Stranger In the Forest, and is (apparently) an absorbing and accurate account of a truly remarkable feat: crossing the breadth of Borneo on foot. Forget Redmond … Continue reading

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An artery for forest loss

I arrived in Tawau (ta-wow) today – down near the border with Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Being a port, handily located next to vast tracts of prime tropical forest, it has built itself on shifting timber through its docks, as well as various … Continue reading

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