Working on information supplied by the local Iban tribe I travelled to Sarawak to document illegal forest clearance practices by Malaysian timber companies. Using official documents we were able to determine that legal requirements for the logging concession where not being met. large amounts trees which were supposedly part of a managed and renewable agreement were being felled in order to make way for palm oil plantations.
The Iban’s ancestral land is also being affected, they are unable to grow their own crops and the rivers are becoming more and more polluted. Those Iban employed by the Malaysian timber companies have few employment rights and no freedom of association, they are told their lands are protected but instead they see them being continuously eroded.
During my time with the Iban we visited a number of long house communities to gain an insight of their culture and the many issues they face.