Slash and burn deforestation on Palawan island, Philippines, April 2010. A growing population of migrants to Palawan has made slash-and-burn farming a widespread practice. It involves chopping down forests, burning the vegetation, planting, growing, and then, when the thin rainforest soil is exhausted, moving on to slash and burn somewhere else. . NOT AVAILABLE FOR MAGAZINE USE IN GERMAN-SPEAKING COUNTRIES UNTIL 1ST JULY 2013.