Trees in Setulang village are viewed the old-fashioned way - as building material for boats.If you have any intrest in the rain forests of Borneo you simply must read this book: Stranger in the Forest.
Tucked into the Borneo rainforest, there is not much debate about climate change here. No one reads about carbon stocks in the morning paper - there isn't one.
But a few months ago, something happened on Setulang's doorstep that brought this village face to face with the cutting edge of carbon trading.
I read it while I was in Malaysian Borneo in early November 2005. The author spent considerable time walking across (from north to south) Borneo on several different treks. It was a fascinating read and a remarkable journey. Reading it you can't help but develop a sense of awe for the rain forests that remain on Borneo.
I finshed the book at about 35,000 feet while curled up in Business Class on a Singapore Airlines 777 enroute from Bandar Seri Bagwhan, Brunei to Singapore. We passed over the north coast of Borneo as we made our way west to Singapore and I remember looking out the window at the seemingly endless forests below me wondering how much longer they will survive. Unlike the government of Indonesia (the southern 2/3 of Borneo) the Malaysian government seems to at least have a remote interest in keeping the forest alive (for tourism). The Indonesians, on the other hand, seem to care less. We all lose when that happens.