Bario Asal and Arur Layun, Borneo

June 2007

Conservation benefit: Creation of a permanent 1,483-acre rainforest preserve

Community benefit: Community-based micro-hydro power

The adjoining villages of Bario Asal and Arur Layun are located in the Bario Highlands plane of Sarawak. The indigenous Kelabit people are mainly wet rice paddy farmers; the water used in irrigating their fields comes from small streams that run close to their longhouses. Bario is located in the heart of Borneo, and there are few signs of modern development; electricity comes from private or village-owned diesel generators. Micro-hydro energy systems harness energy by using the vertical drop of a stream. Seacology has supported the Borneo Project and PACOS Trust by funding two micro-hydro systems in Borneo (Long Lawen and Terian).

The communities of Bario Asal and Arur Layan are requesting funding for a micro-hydro system providing up to 40 kilowatts of renewable electricity for 50 households, a primary school, secondary school, church, community hall, sundry shops, agro-processing mill, and welding and planning workshops. PACOS Trust will provide training in micro-hydro design, installation, management and maintenance, as well as socio-economic development training. In return, the communities will establish a 1,483-acre rainforest preserve. The community will plant 1,000 fruit and timber tree seedlings in deforested areas within the watershed and along the river banks with the intention of returning the watershed to its original state.

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Project Updates
June 2010
As of June 2010 the project contact reports that since its commissioning the micro hydro system has been working well with only another minor disruption due to drought earlier this year...
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November 2009
As of November 2009 the project coordinator reports that the system has been running well without any serious problems. There was a short interruption in operations in June due to a long drought...
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June 2009
As of April 2009 the project is complete. In January 2009 the installation, testing and commissioning of the turbine was completed. The communities held a simple ceremony in March to mark this...
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January 2009
As of August 2008 the project experienced a significant delay due to rising transportation costs, causing all shipments within Malaysia to only ship emergency equipment first before less urgent...
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May 2008
The project began in February 2008 after all funding was procured. By April 2008 the project was 80% completed in spite of some challenges getting materials transported to the site. The project...
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