Mining in the Philippines
This latest report from the Working Group on Mining in the Philippines is the result of a field study of six mining sites by former World Bank senior environmental adviser Dr Robert Goodland and Clive Wicks of IUCN. The report shows that mining is causing large-scale ruin of island environments and livelihoods, particularly undermining food production and sustainability.
'The Philippines was once self-sufficient in rice but is now the world’s biggest rice importer,' say the authors. 'The stark choice facing the country is between a few years of mining and thousands of years of irrigated rice and fisheries production.'
Companies whose plans are challenged in the report include BHP Billiton, Intex Resources, Philex Gold, TVI and Xstrata.
Published February 2009.
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Frank Nally discusses the report on YouTube.Help the people of Midsalip, Philippines, defend their sacred land
Download the full report in sections from Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links
Working Group statement on Coalition for Responsible Mining in Mindanao, October 2010 (pdf)
Report of the fact-finding mission to the Philippines in 2006 to investigate the destructive impacts of large-scale mineral extraction on communities, human rights and the environment. The mission delegation included former UK International Development Secretary Clare Short MP and ECCR Board member Fr Frank Nally of the Society of St Columban.
'I have never seen anything so systematically destructive as the mining programme in the Philippines. The environmental effects are catastrophic, as are the effects on people’s livelihoods' – Clare Short
Published January 2007.
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