Long Semadoh is a village in the far Eastern portion of Sarawak. Although this area has been slated for the Heart of Borneo conservation initiative, the villagers in the region have a long history of conflict with timber companies and, more recently, with the Petronas trans-Borneo gas pipeline project, which is encroaching on ancestral land.
TONIBUNG will manage the project alongside Sarawakian partner organization IPIMAS.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
TONIBUNG and Green Empowerment traveled to Perak State in Northern Peninsular Malaysia to check out the potential of several streams in the region for micro-hydro project development. The villagers of Lubuk Gaharu and Pos Musu in this portion of Perak still lack many basic amenities, including electricity. There are 77 households total between the two villages.
HEKSA Hydro, TONIBUNG and Green Empowerment have been partners for over a decade. In February 2013, TONIBUNG and Green Empowerment representatives traveled to HEKSA Hydro's Headquarters in Bandung and sealed the deal on a further partnership that will see HEKSA turbines assembled in Malaysian Borneo. The group also traveled to a micro-hydro site in Cijambe, West Java, where a village community is maintaining a grid-tied system running from their irrigation canal.