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Indigenous communities show the way with renewable energy project

A mini revolution of sorts is unfolding in the forests of Sabah and Sarawak as indigenous villagers join hands to work on community projects that supply them with renewable sources of hydro and solar power.

An expanding global network for community-based renewable energy

Sabah-based Partners of Community Organisations (Pacos) is a member of an expanding consortium of non-governmental organisations in Asia that are involved in community-based renewable energy projects to generate social, economic and environmental progress in their respective geographical locations.

Sustainable forest projects eligible for EC-UNDP grants

The United Nations and the European Commission (EC) have initiated a joint programme to provide financial grants to non-governmental organisations and indigenous groups in Malaysia to conserve and manage forest resources.

A pox on phoney excuses!

By Mangai Balasegaram

Wonder plants for skin and hair

While searching for plants that could produce drugs to cure diseases, an ethnobotanist found a few that care for skin and hair, MICHELE LIAN reports.

Officials puzzled how copter went missing

Department of Civil Aviation officials are working on several theories why the seven-seater Bell 206 helicopter went missing in the thick forest of the Sarawak-Kalimantan highlands.

Shower fails to dampen Kaamatan celebrations

Heavy rain failed to dampen the festive atmosphere at the packed Hongkod Koisaan hall in Penampang near Kota Kinabalu where a stream of cultural performances marked the end of the month-long I>Kaamatan /I>or Harvest Festival celebrations.

Fitting finale to Harvest Festival

The 48-hour culmination to Sabah's month-long Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) celebrations got underway yesterday with a cultural and traditional sports carnival at the Hongkod Koisaan Hall at Penampang near Kota Kinabalu.

Suhakam to identify native communities

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will carry out a project to identify and locate indigenous communities in Sabah and Sarawak who are facing financial and social hardships.

Brickbats and bouquets

THE decision adopted at the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity spanned over 300 pages.