Author/Editor: Ruedi Suter
Format: Paperback 330 pp.
Subjects: Environment & Ecology, History & Biography, Social Studies
Publisher: Bergli Books & SIRD
In 1984 Swiss shepherd Bruno Manser trekked through the virgin rainforests of Borneo to live among the jungle’s last nomads. In six years among the Penan people, Manser witnessed the wholesale destruction of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems through rapid deforestation. He swore to do everything he could to stop it.
Manser’s globetrotting campaign brought the world’s attention to tropical deforestation. It also made him an enemy of Asia’s timber barons. In 2000 he disappeared without a trace.
Ruedi Suter’s engrossing biography – the first in English – charts Manser’s extraordinary journey from a young man who sought to escape civilization for the peace of the jungle to a campaigner who would stand up to oligarchs, lead protests around the globe, and, ultimately, give his life for the forests that he loved.
Bruno Manser waged a passionate war to protect Borneo’s rainforests from loggers, [then] he mysteriously disappeared.
— Time Magazine, Asia Edition
Bruno Manser was ready to pay the highest price for the protection of the world’s rainforests – and the empowerment of those who live in them.
— Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland
was born in the Belgian Congo in 1951 and writes about the environment and human rights from Basel, Switzerland. He closely followed the work of Bruno Manser for many years, and was involved in one of the final searches for the missing campaigner.