Philippines: Expanding Oil Palm aggression in Palawan Reserve


The Ancestral Land Domain Watch Network (ALDAW) have released a new video on their Vimeo channel highlighting the encroachment of Oil Palm plantations into the Palawan Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Plant Talk has been following the battles of Palawan Province for many months as local communities have tried to resist the expansive nickel mines threatening their mountainous forests. And now their foes have doubled.

Palm Oil plantations in Palawan are being established by Agumil Phillippines Inc., a joint venture between Filipino and Malay investors that also has interests in Palm Oil processing. This new marketplace is being driven by the recent trend in selling Palm Oil for the domestic market, so that the higher value Coconut Oil can be exported.

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