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Mining in Rapu Rapu: A Countdown to Disaster

Publication | August 22, 2006 at 10:48

In the Philippines,Bicol’s immensely beautiful marine environment and its fragile sea creatures face a grave threat: toxic pollution and siltation caused by mining operations in Rapu Rapu Island in Albay Province. Local and national groups who...

The community-managed Marine Reserve of Apo Island

Publication | August 22, 2006 at 10:46

Unlike many of the marine protected areas in the Philippines, Apo Island is more than just a paper park.Studies have demonstrated the benefits of the reserve for conservation and for local community livelihood. Apo Island has also become a...

Philippines spill witnessed first hand

Feature story | August 22, 2006 at 6:00

It took Rodolfo Galuna only 15 days to build the small wooden boat he named "Rona". But now the 52-year-old fisherman has no use for it. Black, stinking oil sludge covers the boat’s hull, has crept into Galuna's back yard and quietly destroyed...

Mangrove roots and new shoots coated with

Image | August 21, 2006 at 7:00

Mangrove roots and new shoots coated with oil.

Greenpeace activists and fishermen attempting

Image | August 21, 2006 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists and fishermen attempting to use oil booms made from local materials to protect beaches from spilled bunker oil.

Locals and Greenpeace activists

Image | August 21, 2006 at 7:00

Locals and Greenpeace activists, using makeshift booms to help contain some of the estimated 350,000 litres of bunker oil spilled from the single hulled Petron tanker.

Greenpeace diver Daniel Ocampo from the Philippines

Image | August 21, 2006 at 6:00

Greenpeace diver Daniel Ocampo from the Philippines, after diving to anchor oil booms made from local materials being tested to protect beaches from bunker oil spilled from the sunken tanker.

Veteran actor

Image | August 21, 2006 at 6:00

Veteran actor, Joel Torre, joins Greenpeace volunteers in signing up Ocean Defenders.

"Mr

Image | August 20, 2006 at 14:36

"Mr. Acoustic" Paolo Santos, joins Greenpeace as an Ocean Defender.

Filipino rock band

Image | August 20, 2006 at 14:30

Filipino rock band, Up Dharma Down, signs up as ocean defenders.

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