Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Illegal logging in the Philippines also a problem of law enforcement

Mindanao, second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines, is one of the most affected by the phenomenon.

In particular, Misamil Oriental and Caraga (at its right in the map) regions suffer  for the illegal slash and burn of trees, the kaigin as this practice is called in Tagalog, the Filipino language.
This method contributes not only to deforestation but also favours the risk of floods and landslides.
Illegal logging is not only a big environmental problem but also represent a violation for the rights of the indigenous population.

This illegal activity prospers also for the alleged support of corrupt port authority agents, local government and police officials.
Though several laws and regulations for the sustainable forest management exist at the central and regional government levels, NGOs and civil society associations blame the lack of law enforcement. Truckloads of illegally cut logs pass on national highways not only at night but even daylight. These logs then leave the country with cargo ships

It's emblematic the story reported by Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks), the UK based organization which advocates and promotes the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other land-based communities.

You could find interesting articles and video also in the
Philippine Native Forest Trees blog

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