当鸟儿都飞往一个婆罗洲海湾

砂拉越洲峇哥文丹湾的濒危迁徙滨鸟数量正在增加。但科学家警告说,这一趋势或许反映了东亚迁徙路线上的其他停歇地出现了问题。

潮水涨得很快。“你必须走了,快点,快点,”欧月圆(Rose Au)说。“几分钟水就会涨到你膝盖!” 加上陷入泥沼或者遭遇鳄鱼的危险,这都让统计滨鸟数量这项任务听起来十分惊险。

过去16年,欧和马来西亚自然协会(Malaysian Nature Society,简称 “MNS”)古晋分会在砂拉越的其他业余观鸟者一直勇敢地面对着很多甚至比这些还要危险的状况。他们的目标是:统计每年从西伯利亚繁殖地南迁途经砂拉越的成千上万只滨鸟。

(马来西亚婆罗洲峇哥文丹湾,观鸟者们正在统计滨鸟数量。西伯利亚的候鸟每年南迁途中都会在这里歇脚。 图片来源:Batrisyia Teepol/MNS)

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砍伐、切割及清除:当大森林消失之时

砍伐、分割及清除:当大森林消失之时

过去20年来最大规模的森林保留区撤除,究竟如何改变当地环境、经济和社区?

作者:刘耀华  (YH Law)

编辑:黄秀玲 (SL Wong)

翻译:万绮珊

与普利策中心 (Pulitzer Center) 的雨林调查网络 (Rainforest Investigations Network) 共同制作。

发布:2022年4月22日

(为了开辟油棕园,柔佛任罗宏一片森林难逃被砍伐的命运 | 视频由IMR Kreatif所摄)

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Losing Trees and Identities

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Losing Trees and Identities

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Kelantan, Orang Asli struggle to keep their culture alive as forests are turned into plantations. With their natural sources of materials for rites and food destroyed, they suffer spiritually and physically.

Producer/writer: YH Law; Editor: SL Wong

Produced in collaboration with the Rainforest Investigations Network at the Pulitzer Center.

Published: 16 March 2022

(Due to forest loss, the Temiar villagers of Kampung Kaloi, Kelantan, are struggling to find the natural materials needed for traditional rites like sewang. | Pic by YH Law)

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The Problems and Promise of Forest Plantations in Kelantan

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The Problems and Promise of Forest Plantations in Kelantan

A retiring forester needs committed planters and data to solve the many problems of overexpansion in the state.

Producer/writer: YH Law; Editor: SL Wong

Produced in collaboration with the Rainforest Investigations Network at the Pulitzer Center.

Published: 9 March 2022

(Eucalyptus trees are a popular choice in forest plantations worldwide. These were planted in 2019 in the Batu Papan Forest Reserve, Kelantan. | Pic by YH Law)

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Forest Plantations In Reserves: Quick to Cut, Slow to Grow

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Forest Plantations in Reserves: Quick to Cut, Slow to Grow

Forest plantations are touted to turn degraded forests into a sustainable timber supply in Peninsular Malaysia. But our investigations reveal that so far, the plantations have cut lots of forests without any guarantee of harvest dates or yields.

Producer/writer: YH Law; Editor: SL Wong

Produced in collaboration with the Rainforest Investigations Network at the Pulitzer Center.

Published: 2 March 2022

(In Peninsular Malaysia, about 9% of forest reserves have been zoned to be cleared and turned into forest plantations like this one in Kelantan. | Pic by YH Law)

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Tree Farming Gone Wrong

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TREE FARMING GONE WRONG

After clearing wide swaths of forest reserves, forest plantations in Peninsular Malaysia show few signs of economic and environmental sustainability.

Producer/writer: YH Law; Editor: SL Wong

Produced in collaboration with the Rainforest Investigations Network at the Pulitzer Center.

Published: 23 February 2022

(About 9% of forest reserves in Peninsular Malaysia are zoned for forest plantations like this | Pic by YH Law)

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Locals Feeling Loss of Wild Pigs

African Swine Fever in Sabah has devastated wild pig numbers since February last year. Has this hurt the Kadazandusun-Murut communities, whose livelihood and culture are tied to this wildlife? Part 2 of a series on the impacts of the disease.

LEAN HUNTING dogs eagerly patrol the dirt roads, viewing strangers with caution. Stands of oil palm, rubber and food trees surround houses with zinc roofs. A large cross marks St Bede’s Catholic church.

This is Kampung Pangas Ulu, a village in Keningau, Sabah.

Like all rural indigenous Kadazandusun-Murut (KDM) villages, this kampung was once surrounded by forests. And one forest animal, babi hutan, the Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus), was integral to their culture and identity.

(Photo: All dressed up and no pigs to hunt: Ahmed bin Pintin (right) with his buddy and hunting dogs  | Pic by Alven Chang)

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Where Are All The Sabah Pigs?

African Swine Fever has devastated wild pig populations in Sabah. To understand its impact on the animals, the forest, and people, data is needed. But counting pigs is tricky. This is Part 1 of a two-parter on the impact of the disease.

IT IS December 2020 and in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, a dead Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus) lies on the ground. It was the first of 14 that would be found in the following weeks.

“We knew something was very wrong when more pig carcasses started to pop up,” says Dr Benoit Goossens, director of the Danau Girang Field Center, which is located there.

(Photo: Since ASF, camera trap photos of wild pigs like this one from 2013 are rare | Pic by Danau Girang Field Centre)

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