Conservation and Society

ARTICLE
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 202--215

Illegal logging in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the Philippines


Jan van der Ploeg1, Merlijn van Weerd2, Andres B Masipiqueña3, Gerard A Persoon1 
1 Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University, the Netherlands
2 Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, the Netherlands
3 College of Forestry and Environmental Management, Isabela State University, the Philippines

Correspondence Address:
Jan van der Ploeg
Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
the Netherlands

Illegal logging is a threat to biodiversity and rural livelihoods in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the largest protected area in the Philippines. Every year between 20,000 and 35,000 cu. m wood is extracted from the park. The forestry service and municipal governments tolerate illegal logging in the protected area; government officials argue that banning an important livelihood activity of households along the forest frontier will aggravate rural poverty. However this reasoning underestimates the scale of timber extraction, and masks resource capture and collusive corruption. Illegal logging in fact forms an obstacle for sustainable rural development in and around the protected area by destroying ecosystems, distorting markets, and subverting the rule of law. Strengthening law enforcement and controlling corruption are prerequisites for sustainable forest management in and around protected areas in insular southeast Asia.


How to cite this article:
van der Ploeg J, van Weerd M, Masipiqueña AB, Persoon GA. Illegal logging in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the Philippines.Conservat Soc 2011;9:202-215


How to cite this URL:
van der Ploeg J, van Weerd M, Masipiqueña AB, Persoon GA. Illegal logging in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the Philippines. Conservat Soc [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Jun 1 ];9:202-215
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