Illegal logging in Philippines’ Palawan stokes fears of a mining resurgence

  • Since November 2020, Indigenous people have observed trees that have been illegally felled within a mining concession in southern Palawan, an island in the western Philippines.
  • The forests are sacred to the Indigenous Pala’wan people, who have for decades fought against plans to mine the area.
  • Against the backdrop of loosening restrictions on mining both nationally and locally, Pala’wan leaders and local NG0s say the logging could be a precursor for a resurgence of mining.
  • The concession holder has denied any link to the illegal activity, while the government’s mining agency has said it wasn’t done at the company’s initiative.

READ MORE: Illegal logging in Philippines’ Palawan stokes fears of a mining resurgence (mongabay.com)

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