Oil Palm Aggression on Palawan Unesco Man & Biosphere Reserve| 17mins
Director: Dario Novellino | Producer: Dario Novellino
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Philippines
Agro-fuels in Palawan have been portrayed as a key solution to lower greenhouse gas emissions and achieve energy independence, as well as a tool for poverty eradication. With these objects in mind, the Provincial Government of Palawan is strongly promoting agro-fuels development, without taking into account the socio-ecological impact of such mono-crop plantations. ALDAW is now making a call for the implementation of more restrictive regulations on oil palm expansion to halt deforestation, habitat destruction, food scarcity, and violation of indigenous peoplesâ€™ rights. There is also a scarcity of public records showing the processes and procedures leading to the issuance of land conversion permits and environmental clearances to oil palm companies. In most cases - members of indigenous communities, who have â€œrentedâ€ portions of their land to the oil company, have no clear understanding of the nature of such â€œagreementsâ€ nor they possess written contracts countersigned by the company.