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An Indigenous basket-weaving tradition keeps a Philippine forest alive

Traditional handicrafts like the Pala’wan Indigenous people’s tingkep woven baskets are deeply tied to local ecosystems; experts increasingly understand that supporting traditional practices can...

A mayor in the Philippines took on a mine, and lost...

When nickel mining firm Ipilan Nickel Corporation began felling trees in a protected forest in its concession area in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, Mayor Mary...

Typhoon Odette exposes biodiversity haven Palawan’s vulnerability — and resilience

On December 17, 2021, Typhoon Odette (International name: Rai) hit the Philippines’ Palawan Island, causing severe damage to protected areas including Puerto Princesa Subterranean...

Women on storm-hit Philippine island lead Indigenous effort to restore mangroves

Residents of low-lying coastal areas in archipelagic countries like the Philippines are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including the increase of...

New Philippine corpse flower is phallic-shaped, funky smelling — and nearly...

A maroon plant with a small, phallic-shaped flower and a putrid odor has been identified as a species new to science, Amorphophallus minimus.The plant...

Trafficking for traditional medicine threatens the Philippine porcupine

Endemic to the islands of Palawan province, Philippine porcupines are threatened by habitat loss and, increasingly, by black-market demand for bezoars: stony aggregations of...

Philippines banks on new fisheries management system, but rollout is rocky

The Philippines introduced a new fisheries management framework to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in 2019.Under the fisheries management area (FMA) mechanism, the...

Illegal logging in Philippines’ Palawan stokes fears of a mining resurgence

Since November 2020, Indigenous people have observed trees that have been illegally felled within a mining concession in southern Palawan, an island in the...

Popular opposition halts a bridge project in a Philippine coral haven

The Philippine government has suspended work on a bridge that would connect the islands of Coron and Culion in the coral-rich region of Palawan.Activists,...

Surge in seizures of giant clam shells has Philippine conservationists wary

Philippine authorities seized 324 pieces of giant clam shells weighing a combined 80 tons in the province of Palawan on March 3.The seizure brings...

In bid to protect a Philippine pangolin stronghold, little talk of...

Forest loss in the Victoria-Anepahan Mountain Range (VAMR), which spans 165,000 hectares (408,000 acres), is driven primarily by illegal logging and clearing for farmland, according to recent satellite data from Global Forest Watch (GFW). This trend has continued despite the country’s pandemic lockdown.

Illegal plant trade, tourism threaten new Philippine flowering herbs

The situation has raised concerns among plant taxonomists who recently described a new Philippine-endemic species of begonia, a perennial herb with light pink flowers and captivating foliage, popular in the ornamental plant trade.