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Palawan Lost

The dark side of a tropical idyll that tourists don't see

Large corporations vie for the treasure trove of natural resources on the Philippine island of Palawan. Their arrival threatens the environment and indigenous people, as large patches of virgin rainforest are being cleared. The authorities appear reluctant or corrupt and do not oppose the vast deforestation of Palawan, so environmental activists are taking the matter into their own hands. Campaigners often risk their lives in exposing corrupt politicians or raiding illegal logging sites.