Philippines: Tragedy in Palawan unites environmental campaigners


A few weeks ago the small, but committed, group of environmental campaigners on Palawan Island in the Philippines were shocked by the murder of Gerry Ortega.

Dr Gerado 'Gerry' Ortega was well known in Palawan as a broadcaster and campaigner and was extremely active in the fight to protect Palawan's forests from over eager mineral extraction and oil palm plantations - an ongoing story that has featured many times on the pages of Plant Talk.

Since Ortega's death the campaign to protect Palawan's natural riches has intensified and a new petition to attract 10 million signatures is doing its rounds on the internet.

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Philippines: Initial victory for NGOs and Indigenous people in Palawan


People celebrating Palawan mining decisionAs many of you will know Plant Talk has been actively supporting a campaign in Palawan Province, Philippines to prevent mining in protected areas rich in cultural and biological diversity. Yesterday we received some good news from the team in Palawan led by the Ancestral Land Domain Watch (ALDAW) network.

Philippines: Crucial week for the people and forests of Palawan


mountain covered in forestPlant Talk has been covering the mining threats to Palawan, Philippines for a number of months. As the endgame approaches the Ancestral Land Domain Watch (ALDAW) call for a last minute protest to stop the mining.

Philippines: Crucial days ahead for UNESCO Reserve


children demonstrating against mining in palawanIndigenous people in Palawan, Philippines received shocking news at the start of June that the application of three new Philippine mining firms has been approved into one Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTEE) in a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Philippines: Update on Palawan campaign


Palawan campaign thumbnail In February Plant Talk published an article about the mining threats to the landscape, people and plants of Palawan in the Philippines. Yesterday I received an impassioned plea from Aldaw (Ancestral Land/Domain Watch) to bring a petition to the attention of the public.

Philippines: Geo-tagging reveals mining threats on the “Last frontier”


mining in the philippinesPlant Talk invited Dario Novellino from the Centre for Biocultural Diversity (CBCD), UK to speak out against the logging and mining in protected areas that is destroying the forests of Palawan.