BACKGROUND OF ESTABLISHMENT
Link-AR Borneo is a non government organization which established in April, 2nd 2009. The process of establishment started on 2007 which was results based on interactives between students, labors, and other social activists collaborated in Alliance of West Borneo’s People (PRKB) in responsed the land grabbing, criminalization, eviction, and others issues. To strengtened and systematized advocacy, those activists agreed to established Advocacy and Research Circle well known as Lingkar Borneo.
Advocacy by Lingkar Borneo is to answer the massive land grabbing on land, forest, and wealth resources problems caused by extractive industries. This is caused by political-economy interests which primarily provide raw material needs for world giant industry. While, Borneo island contains a large number of natural resources. Penetration by extractive industry in Borneo started from forest clearing and slashing by logging industry, carving and monoculturization by oil palm and pulpwood plantation (pulp & paper), and coal and mineral excavation by mining industry. To facilitate the penetration, practices by government is by distorting indgenous order through political infrastructure uniformity and lowest government system (ruralization).
In the development, licensing for mining industry is the largest in West Kalimantan. The amount area of that licensing covered approximately 6,5 million hectares or 44,5 percent of West Kalimantan area. This condition leads a massive land grabbing which faced by the community.
By its practices, mining industry starts the operation by slashing the natural forest and unpack the topsoil, coal and mineral dredging, washing and processing, and loading and trading. These contribute to the forest and environment destruction. Mining industry also identified as the factor of the increased pollution intesity (air pollution to river pollution) which used daily by the community surrounds the concession.
This practices affected to the loss of people’s living area. Because land, forest, and wealth resources in Borneo not only has economic value to people, but as a determinant of the living development in social, economy, politic, and culture. This loss as same as negation of people’s right. Automaticly, loss of food resources, social conflict, cultural erotion, and destruction of social order and its customary law. Besides, severe ecology crisis marked by degradation and deforestation of tropical rainforest in Borneo. While tropical rainforest has an important role as world lungs through its ability in carbondioxide (CO2) storage (absorb and release).
Then, other effect by the massive development of extractive industry is the rising disaster’s frequences in West Kalimantan. Floods and whirling wind are two most disaster faced by the community. Those are identified as the affect of the ecology destruction. Million hectares of forest which enrole the sustainability of the ecosystem are vanished
Based on those condition, Lingkar Borneo started its work through evidence-based advocacy. This advocacy is a form of Lingkar Borneo’s interest in struggling people interests and ecological justice, thus, such evidence responsibled in scientific and truth is absolute. Lingkar Borneo developing various methodology to find the truth of data which take side to people’s interest.
Struggling the certainty of people’s tenure right in order to realizes justices, preservation, and welfares for people.