Popular opposition halts a bridge project in a Philippine coral haven

  • The Philippine government has suspended work on a bridge that would connect the islands of Coron and Culion in the coral rich region of Palawan.
  • Activists, Indigenous groups and marine experts say the project would threaten the rich coral biodiversity in the area as well as the historical shipwrecks that have made the area a prime dive site.
  • The Indigenous Tagbanua community, who successfully fought against an earlier project to build a theme park, says they were not consulted about the bridge project.
  • Preliminary construction began in November 2020 despite a lack of government-required consultations and permits, and was ordered suspension in April this year following the public outcry.

READ MORE: Popular opposition halts a bridge project in a Philippine coral haven (mongabay.com)

Banner image of a coral garden in Coron, Palawan by Shawn Landersz via Flickr.

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