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General Nakar

Quezon, Philippines

General Nakar is the largest municipality of Quezon Province, covering 161,640 hectares, but with one of its smallest populations – 29,705 inhabitants in 2015. It is home to the Agta-Dumagat tribes. Several major watersheds that supply neighbouring municipalities and Metro Manila are also found within its territory. It is considered a key biodiversity area with several endemic and native flora and fauna species. However, its forest cover dwindled from 57% in 1993 to 17% in 2015. This was driven by the conversion of forests to agriculture or monoculture plantations. Elevated youth migration to larger municipalities and cities has been observed in recent decades, as a result of limited education and work opportunities locally.

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