At the Edge of Capitalism

The rainforests of Borneo are some of the oldest and most biodiverse in the world. They can also boast a wealth of natural resources, from oil to aluminium. But it's difficult to make a rainforest pay - unless, of course, you cut it down and sell the timber.

The Sarawak government in the north of Borneo has launched a programme of industrialisation - inviting foreign companies to build dozens of factories and offices along it's coastline - in an effort to boost incomes and opportunities for its local residents.

As part of the BBC's Power of Asia season, One Planet visits the region to meet with developers and locals, and to witness what rapid economic development looks like.

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Mon 4 Jul 2011 15:32 GMT

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