Philippines: Landslide summary

If there’s one reason the Philippines has been in the news frequently,
it’s because of the large number landslides the country has faced in
recent years. The statistics say it all – November 1991, December
2003, August 2004, February 2006, October 2007, and most recently,
January 2009. The landslides happen on a regular basis, and they take
away lives and livelihoods along with the mud and slush they carry.

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View more forest policy articles on Philippine landslides and flooding here:
–History on landslides & forests & lives lost
–Logging and Mining causing flash floods in S. Mindanao

There has been international concern over the state of affairs at this tiny Asian nation that was widely in the news for the antics of its former president and first lady – Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos – more specifically for the number of pairs of shoes that Imelda owned. The issue is serious, and analysts have pointed the finger of blame at both the widespread practice of logging and universal phenomenon of global warming and abrupt climate changes.

Logging, as we all know, reduces forests to wastelands; by cutting down trees illegally and in large numbers, we are causing the land beneath us to become unstable. Trees hold together the soil with their roots, and when they are uprooted, the soil becomes loose and tends to turn into a landslide when there’s an unprecedented amount of rain.

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