National Geographic Fellow Mattias Klum has a special passion for Borneo, where he has spent 20 years producing magazine articles, books, and films. Don’t miss this powerful and disturbing vision of what might be the Borneo rain forest’s last stand.
Noted photographer, filmmaker and international
conservationist Mattias Klum was named a National Geographic Fellow in
2010. In this role he supports ongoing National Geographic Mission
Programs conservation efforts such as Mission Blue, Freshwater
Initiative and Great Energy Challenge, focusing his efforts on critical
biodiversity and conservation issues.
Fellows Program was created to encourage the flow of ideas between
National Geographic and field experts. Fellows provide expert
consultation on National Geographic projects, education and outreach,
and environmental and public policy. The Fellows represent a variety of
Klum was born in Uppsala, Sweden,
in 1968. Since 1986, he has been a full-time freelance photographer and
his work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation, Audubon, Geo, Terre Sauvage, Stern, Der Spiegel and The New York Times. He has photographed multiple stories for National Geographic magazine, notably a 30-page feature “Borneo’s Moment of Truth” in November 2008.
his career, Klum has specialized in portraying and interpreting
threatened environments, species and cultures, and he has received
numerous awards for his work. In 2003, Klum and his wife and business
partner, Monika, co-founded the company Tierra Grande with the mission
of promoting sustainability through a diverse range of media and
communications projects and public-awareness campaigns. Today, Klum is
increasingly involved in establishing multidisciplinary platforms within
the framework of network organizations such as Tällberg Forum,
Stockholm Resilience Centre and Young Global Leaders of the World
Having dedicated more than 20
years to covering the unique flora and fauna of Borneo and
deforestation-related challenges, he recently joined WWF’s Heart of
Borneo Initiative to promote conservation and sustainable development in
the region, and will release a book and TV documentary in 2011. Klum is
also currently working on a new film, The Coral Eden, as part
of the Project Oceans initiative of The United Postcode Lotteries in
collaboration with WWF, Greenpeace and the Marine Stewardship Council.
Project Oceans aims to end overfishing and protect endangered species by
increasing the supply of MSC-certified seafood and establishing more
marine protected areas around the globe. Other ongoing programs include
the Baltic Sea Media Project and Expedition Sweden.
is represented by the National Geographic Speakers Bureau and National
Geographic Image Collection. His company, Tierra Grande, is working to
expand National Geographic Speakers Bureau lectures into European
territories. Klum’s photos are featured in exhibitions presented at
international galleries and museums, and at major events such as
Shanghai World EXPO 2010 and COP15 UN Climate Change Conference in
Klum’s advocacy on behalf of
biodiversity earned him a medal from the King of Sweden and designation
as a 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a
member of the board of trustees of WWF Sweden and a fellow of The
Linnean Society of London.
Island, Malay Archipelago. Bounded by the South China Sea, the Sulu and Celebes seas, the Makassar Strait, and the Java Sea, it is the third largest island in the world, measuring about 292,000 sq mi (755,000 sq km). The northern part includes the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and the sultanate of Brunei; the southern section (Kalimantan) forms part of Indonesia. Borneo is mountainous and largely covered in dense rainforest; its highest point is Mount Kinabalu, at 13,455 ft (4,101 m). Much of it is drained by navigable rivers, including the Rajang, which are the principal lifelines of trade and commerce. It is mentioned in Ptolemy's Guide to Geography (c.AD 150); Roman trade beads give evidence of an earlier civilization. Brahman and Buddhist images in the Gupta style indicate the influence of Indians who apparently arrived in the 5th century. With the arrival of Islam in the 16th century, various Muslim kingdoms were founded, some of which owed allegiance to Java. Around the same time, the Portuguese, followed by the Spanish, set up trading stations. In the early 17th century the Dutch broke the Portuguese-Spanish monopoly, but they in turn had to deal with newly established British interests. After World War II, Sarawak and North Borneo (later Sabah) became British crown colonies. Strong nationalist sentiment emerged in Dutch Borneo, and sovereignty passed to Indonesia in 1949. The British relinquished Sabah and Sarawak to the Malaysian federation in 1963, while Brunei became independent in 1984.