illegal logging - updates

Rappler's latest stories on illegal logging


Illegal logging continues in MIMAROPA despite Luzon lockdown

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The seized lumber appears to have been illegally cut while most people were staying at home for the lockdown

Dozens of koalas dead after logging at Australian plantation

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Friends of the Earth say the incident was uncovered when local residents witnessed dead koalas being bulldozed into piles in recent days

KOALA SELFIE. A koala takes a 'selfie' using a sensor that triggers a digital camera set up at Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia, 03 April 2014. Wild Life Sydney Zoo/EPA

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

El Nido forest ranger hacked to death

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

Police have identified the victim as Bienvinido 'Toto' Veguilla Jr, 44, a forest ranger of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Origin and species: fighting illegal logging with science

Mar 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Wood Anatomy Laboratory in Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens may not seem like the obvious epicenter of efforts to halt international illegal logging

A view of the Temperate House, the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, during the final months of a five-year restoration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London, on February 13, 2018. A gleaming monument to the ambition and creativity of its age, the world's largest Victorian glasshouse will once again welcome visitors to see some of the world's rarest plants following a lengthy facelift. Justin TALLIS / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Revisiting Cagayan de Oro's dwindling forest cover

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Here's a look back at the environmental degradation observed in the wake of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) in December 2011

DEFORESTATION. Logs washed away after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) in December 2011. All file photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Confiscation crusaders try to save Philippine paradise

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:12 PM

With weak or corrupt authorities often unwilling to take on the fight, the Palawan NGO Network Inc, or PNNI, seeks to fill the void

FOREST GUARDIANS. This photo taken on September 26, 2017 shows environmental para-enforcers from the Palawan NGO Network Inc (PNNI), resting at an illegal logging site on Palawan island in the Philippines. Karl Malakunas/AFP

Cimatu honors slain anti-logging official in El Nido

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:02 AM

The slain official was chair of the El Nido Law Enforcement Council and member of the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area Management Board

HONOR. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino present the "Bayani ng Kalikasan" award to the family of slain village chief Ruben Arzaga. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Duterte forms committee to study total log ban

Feb 01, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The President orders the DENR DA and DILG to study how to implement a total logging ban in response to flash floods caused by unabated cutting of trees in watersheds

MULLING TOTAL LOGGING BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the State Dining Room of Palace for the Climate Change Commission and Advisory Board meeting on January 31, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

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Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites – WWF

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The vulnerable sites include Australia s Great Barrier Reef Peru s Machu Picchu and the US Grand Canyon Natural Park

epa02101737 A picture dated 01 April 2010 shows a general view of the pre-Columbian Inca city Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru, after its reopening. The Inca city has been been closed for two months due to strong rains. EPA/PACO CHUQUIURE

10 Cambodians arrested over illegal logging patrol murders

Nov 13, 2015 - 3:26 PM

Probes into the lucrative trade are steeped with risk and several high profile killings of activists trying to expose the rampant spread of logging have blighted the kingdom in recent years

P600,000 worth of 'illegal' lumber seized in Ormoc City

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:05 AM

But the suspect says the lumber trade has provided a lifeline for impoverished families in the area owners of trees felled by Typhoon Yolanda

Continuous illegal logging threatens protected Palaui Island

Oct 06, 2015 - 6:56 PM

A task force run by the Armed Forces has been monitoring a number of illegal logging activities but has no standby funds to rush to the site to arrest suspects

Davao student asks Aquino: Bakit patuloy ang illegal logging?

Sep 10, 2015 - 8:49 AM

President Aquino holds a public forum with students in Davao City who ask questions that delved mostly on the environment

Eastern Visayas forest guards told to name illegal loggers

May 08, 2015 - 10:58 AM

Raids conducted by the DENR in the province of Samar yield freshly cut lawaan yakal and patsaragon – wood products that are good for furniture making

On Earth Day, Negros environmental officer nabbed for loose guns

Apr 24, 2015 - 2:00 PM

The environmental chief of Don Salvador Benedicto town in Negros Occidental who has been aggressively fighting illegal loggers gets arrested for a gun with an expired license

Diduga curi kayu Perhutani, Nenek Asyani dituntut 1 tahun penjara

Apr 09, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Asyani dituntut 1 tahun penjara dan masa percobaan 18 bulan ditambah denda Rp 500 juta

Nenek Asyani yang sedang mendapat tuduhan pencurian kayu di Situbondo diperiksa oleh petugas kesehatan di rumahnya, Selasa, 17 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Oryza Wirawan/Rappler

Nenek Asyani dan sepotong kenangan pahit di penjara

Mar 18, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Asyani tak bisa tidur nyenyak di penjara Apa yang membuat ia ketakutan? Rappler mengunjungi nenek berumur 70 tahun ini setelah dijadikan tahanan rumah karena dituding mencuri kayu

Sejumlah balok kayu yang disita oleh Kepolisian RI. Foto oleh EPA

How plywood started the destruction of Indonesia’s forests

Nov 11, 2014 - 1:45 PM

From 1967 to 1970 logging concessions covering over 53 million hectares were virtually gifted to global logging companies

DEFORESTATION. Illegal logs seized by police in Indonesia. File photo by EPA

DENR, NBI partner to ensure conviction of illegal loggers

Sep 10, 2014 - 3:17 PM

DENR says illegal logging suspects often escape conviction due to weak evidence technicalities or loopholes Enter the NBI s environmental crime probers

LOGGING MORATORIUM. Executive Order 23 prohibits the cutting of trees in all natural and residual forests in the country

After Ondoy: Hope for the Upper Marikina Watershed

Jul 06, 2014 - 9:17 AM

Years after deforestation in the watershed contributed to Ondoy floods the trees are making a comeback

FOREST GUARDIANS. Tess Argota (foreground) and a village volunteer look at a growing seedling in a reforestation site in Calawis, Antipolo in the Upper Marikina Watershed. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Illegal logging ‘hotspots’ down by 84% – DENR

May 07, 2014 - 7:30 AM

The government says 1 200 cases have been filed against persons involved in illegal logging with 186 convictions

Summit calls for protection of Southeast Asian forests

May 06, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Forests feed the region s poorest people and are vital weapons against climate change

SAVING FORESTS. Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono addresses delegates at Forests Asia Summit 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

P700,000 worth of illegal lumber apprehended at Manila port

Mar 15, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The lumber the equivalent of 12 mature Lauan trees at least 20 years old come from Nasipit Agusan del Norte

APPREHENDED. Two container vans containing around 14,000 board feet of Lauan lumber are apprehended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Bureau of Customs. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Illegal loggers cut down 1,000 endemic trees in Negros

Sep 16, 2013 - 9:50 PM

Informal settlers within the Northern Negros Natural Park are blamed for felling the trees for charcoal making and housing

FALLEN. Despite efforts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, logging continues even in the country's forest reserves

Return the forests to the indigenous peoples

Aug 28, 2012 - 7:09 PM

Environmentalist and social entrepreneur Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto of Indonesia is not against logging but opposes indiscriminate exploitation of forests

AMBROSIUS RUWINDRIJARTO in Manila. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Loggers threaten Brazil Amazon residents: Amnesty

Apr 26, 2012 - 6:45 AM

Communities in remote corners of Brazil s Amazon jungle are facing death threats from illegal loggers