European Nickel

Investigating mining pollution and plunder in Nueva Vizcaya

By Karl Begnotea, -
Date of publication: 
5 October, 2014

The abundant natural resources and biologically diverse ecosystems of the province of Nueva Vizcaya, known as the Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley, are greatly imperiled by foreign large-scale mining and militarization.

I witnessed this environmental disaster slowly unfolding as part of an Environmental Investigative Mission (EIM) last April 2014, along with fellow scientists from the Advocates of Science & Technology for the People (AGHAM), and local environmental advocates from the Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANNVIK).

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Palawan tribes go cyber to keep out nickel mineral

Melody Kemp -
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2011

PALAWAN – When big global mining companies set their sights on the Philippine island of Palawan, one of the world’s remaining ecological hotspots and home to many traditional tribes, little did they suspect their China-backed, billion-dollar extraction plans would be met by social media-fueled resistance.

Indigenous people in Palawan have organized globally to raise awareness about their plight and to save their ancestral lands from planned large-scale mining.