MacroAsia and the Plundering of Protected Areas| 10mins
Director: Dario Novellino | Producer: Dario Novellino
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Philippines
On Palawan island (the Philippines), mineral concession areas of MacroAsia (MAC) and Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC) are located in ecologically valuable areas which include watersheds, hunting/agricultural grounds, extractive reserves of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and farming land on which both indigenous communities and farmers depend for their daily subsistence. Also, indigenous peoplesâ€™ sacred and worship sites are found within the mining tenements of the above-mentioned companies. This video provides clear evidence on how MacroAsia test-pits have been excavated also in protected areas. The Palawan tribes have bitterly complained that MAC and INC have failed to secure the needed social acceptability requirements; as a matter of fact the local communities have never been consulted about the implementation of mining exploration and extractive activities in their ancestral land. A government decision will soon be made on whether to allow mining companies to operate in the last forest sanctuaries in Southern Palawan.