The Philippines ordered the closure of 21 nickel mines and the suspension of five more for environmental violations.
The decision will impact about 50% of country's production. Nickel mining in Philippines have always been significant and have become worst in the last years due a revived interest of China.
Our geolgist on site has often reported damages to the environment and coastal areas.
Environment and natural resources minister Regina Lopez accuses mining firm of operating on watersheds, polluting rivers and hampering local agriculture.
With Indonesia and Philippines governements decisions regarding the nickel mining, we observe that long term views prevail to preserve the biodiversity.