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‘Liquid Gold’ Rush Causes Poaching of World’s Most Expensive Tree in the Philippines

'Liquid Gold' Rush Causes Poaching of World's Most Expensive Tree in the Philippines 6
  • In the Philippines, a ‘liquid gold’ rush leads to poaching of the world’s most expensive tree, Lapnisan or agarwood.
  • The rare and highly coveted oily resin comes from a mature Lapnisan tree infected by a mold.
  • Because there is no way to check if the Lapnisan has been infected, poachers indiscriminately cut trees.
  • These trees are traded online using codenames, despite the blanket ban placed on it by the Philippine government.

With extremely high market value, high worldwide demand, and limited supply of this so-called ‘liquid gold’, there is a mad scramble between Philippine poachers and forest guards in the deepest parts of the jungles due to indiscriminate cutting of the world’s rarest tree, the Lapnisan or agarwood. 

The liquid gold rush is happening in the thickest jungles of Mindanao and the Visayas in the Philippines. The treasure: the highly coveted resin of the Lapnisan or agarwood. 

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