Environmental Issues In The Philippines

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It is not a question that natural systems all over the world have been greatly affected by natural occurrences and especially by human activities. Many has been altered, polluted, or completely destroyed. One of many complications that we have been facing is deforestation, “the complete removal of existing forests and their replacement by other forms of land use (Walpole, 1993).” This environmental issue can be found all over the globe, especially in the Philippines. This issue has been dated back when the Spanish colonized the Philippines around 1521. Two primary influences that caused the percentage of forest cover to decline in the Philippines were due to economic reasons, logging production and agricultural expansion. There is a two-step…show more content…
Due to the continues actions of cutting down these natural habitats the animals were forced to displace to other untouched lands, further up the mountains or traveling to further distances. Indigenous animals that have been greatly affected by deforestation are the tamaraws, wild buffalos. They have been forced to move up further into the forests clinging to the last remaining cluster of trees on the mountains. The population of this animal have drastically decreased throughout the years and are now classified as endangered animals, “from the population of about 10,000 around 1994, only 250 tamaraws remain on the island today (Walpole, 1993).” It has been predicted that the survival of the tamaraws is unlikely if the deforestation continues. The Philippines eagle is another species that is at risk of extinction from deforestation. The animal’s source of food can all be found in the forests consuming monkeys, lemurs, bats and snakes. These animals are then forced to migrate to other lands, not being congested at one specific area, bringing complications for the eagle. With the eagles natural habitat being altered and food source being scattered and endangered it causes difficulties for the eagle to survive, making a domino…show more content…
They keep the air and water clean, prevent erosion and flooding, enrich soil, make harness homes for animals, plants and bring aesthetic beauty to a place. It is essential that destructive actions such as deforestation have to be stopped. Deforestation in the Philippines mainly caused logging and agriculture expansion has brought forth great devastation not only in the country alone, but to the world as well. Animals have been stripped from their source of shelter which brings greater destruction. Without their natural habitat they are left weak and prone to extinction. Indigenous people are also forced to relocate from the ancestral land. In addition, with the actions of decreasing forest cover and emitting more natural gas into our atmosphere we are further contributing to climate change, causing global warming. There are many solutions that could come into play to help stop these outcomes. Forest restoration can be achieved with our services and the help from nature itself. We must provide protection with the help of our government, repair forest cover with community services, and help educate our society especially the youth. We must also maintain these actions and care for the forest to provide resources and help sustain a healthy environment. Ultimately with local and international concerns, the rate of deforestation can decrease not just in the Philippines but all over the
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