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The new administration of Benigno Aquino III was ushered with hopes for reforms in its policies on the state's environmental and natural resources, particularly with mining among other extractive industries that have grave ecological impacts. However, this was met by the new administration by raising its mining output target by 30% more than the 2009 output this year. We are faced with the prospect of intensifying mineral liberalization and negative impacts on communities and ecosystems.
It is in this context that we are the forum “Eden Lost: Mining and its Impacts on the State of Biodiversity in the Philippines”, was organized. This is a forum discussing the current mining situation in the Philippines and its effects on the country's different ecosystems that serve as treasure troves of genetic resources. This is organized in partnership with the Defend Patrimony! Alliance, Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment, the UP Diliman Institute of Biology and the Youth for Earth Alliance in UP Diliman, and will be held on February 23 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at room PH4205 in the Biology Pavillion in UP Diliman.