Logging Hotspots in the Philippines

in Environmental Threats

In February 2011, the Government of the Philippines issued an Executive Order to address the illegal wood industry in the country. One portion of the order was to establish the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF). Between 2011 and 2012, up to 25 civilian members of the task force were killed.

During the same time period, the number of hotspots in the Philippines where unauthorized logging was highly active decreased from 197 to 31. Authorities seized 19.2 million board feet of logs that were illegally cut, and convicted 72 people.

Source:  TJ Burgonio, “Aquino to AFP: Get illegal loggers,” Inquirer, November 26, 2012.

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