A field update from the ALDAW Network (Ancestral Land/Domain Watch) May 2010
Between July and September 2009, a mission organized by the Philippines-based Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW) and the Centre for Biocultural Diversity (CBCD) at the University of Kent demonstrated how the ecological balance and the survival of vulnerable indigenous communities on Palawan Island (a “Man and Biosphere Reserve” program of UNESCO) is being threatened by the ongoing mining rush.
The mission's actual ‘matching' of collected GPS data to photographs shows the overlap between Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) of mining firms, such as MacroAsia and Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporations and precious watersheds (so called “core zones” of maximum protection). During the mission, indigenous communities were engaged in the making and editing of participatory videos. Today the voices of these isolated Palawan communities are available through the following links: