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014 The Ridge is Primary

014 The Ridge is Primary

Loggers ran out of time and in 1987 this area was abandoned. Later encroachment by local farming is visible in the lower portion of the scene, which should be put to agroforestry. Current national forestry policy actually encourages conversion of existing forest to agricultural use through the cutting of corridors. The strategy is to discourage farmers from continuing to slash and burn the forest. This is a policy inviting a second look. Every forest in the Philippines, barring none, has existing open areas from slash and burn caused when the fertile land played out. Why do we think that corridors will not play out as well?