On the island of Palawan, nature is more intact than anywhere else in the Philippines. They intend to establish industrial plantations.
Palawan is home to many endemic species, some of them, such as shrews, bucerotids or pangolins in their local variants, are on the Red List of threatened species.
The island is a Biosphere Reserve and to the south it houses the ancestral territory of the Pala’wan indigenous people. The groups that dwell in the highlands have little contact with the world. They have a rich oral tradition and a deep knowledge of nature.
Despite this ecological and cultural wealth, the Philippine Ministry of the Environment has entered into a joint venture with the Lionheart Agrotech company. Through it, they could transform lowland forests and agricultural lands into industrial coconut plantations.
According to the Coalition Against Land Theft (CALG), Lionhart has already destroyed sacred sites and burial sites of indigenous peoples, without compensation for damages to affected communities.
In addition, the company would have invaded the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape, one of only ten areas in the Philippines designated by the Global Alliance Against Species Extinction and one of the eleven most important regions for birds in Palawan.
As if it wasn't terrible enough, the provincial government has adopted a resolution that further promotes the opening up of indigenous peoples' lands and valuable ecosystems for agricultural and industrial development.
It happens in disregard of environmental laws and in flagrant contradiction with the rights of indigenous peoples.
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Source: Save the Jungle