Mudung Abun, Borneo

May 2009

Conservation benefit: Support of 1,236 acres of watershed for 30 years

Community benefit: Integrated community-based micro-hydro power system

The 300 members of the Kenyah community of Borneo, most of whom are farmers, depend on local natural resources for their livelihood. Mudung Abun, which in the Kenyah language means “Cloud Mountain,” describes the location of their village in the remote mountainous region of the Belaga District in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

Two nonprofit organizations, the Institut Pribumi Malaysia Sarawak (IPIMAS), and Partners of Community Organizations (PACOS Trust), are launching a project to promote renewable energy and enhance watershed conservation by building a 50-kilowatt micro-hydro energy system. Such “micro” projects, unlike big dams, take advantage of steep drops in small streams and don’t have destructive effects on the environment. The electricity from the system will be used to light 22 homes, community verandas, a women’s cooperative sundry shop, food processing center, blacksmithing and welding workshop, and a community hall. The micro-hydro system will replace eight diesel-powered generators and three rice-milling machines, eliminating the pollution from at least 211 gallons of diesel per month. Seacology will fund the construction of the micro-hydro system in support of a 1,236-acre watershed area being protected against shifting cultivation, logging, road construction, and other extractive development activities.

Project Updates
January 2011
The official project opening took place on December 20, 2010, and we've received a final report for this project from project partner Institut Pribumi Malaysia Sarawak (IPIMAS). In-kind support...
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September 2010
The major components of the micro hydro project have been completed; works at the weir/dam and the forebay sites have been completed, the penstocks have been laid to the powerhouse and the...
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May 2010
The project contact reports that the micro hydro project in Mudung Abun is progressing well. The construction of the forebay has been completed and the weir is under construction.
March 2010
The penstock for the water to run the turbine has been connected to the powerhouse. Excavating work for the weir & intake has been completed. The forebay is under construction.
December 2009
The project coordinator reports that the community has identified suitable sites for the construction of the project weir, fore-bay and power house. The community has built a 1km long trail/road...
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