Venezuela’s Mining Crisis Gains Regional Attention – August 9, 2018
Latin American section of Society for Conservation Biology urges protection of environment and human rights in Mining Arc
In 2016, the Venezuelan government issued a decree turning close to 112,000-square-kilometers of Amazon rainforest into a special mining district, called the Mining Arc (or Arco Minero in Spanish). President Nicolás Maduro promised the Mining Arc would bring economic prosperity and ‘ecologic mining development.’ But instead, it seems to be Latin America’s biggest mining conflict in the making, and uncontrolled mining in the region is wreaking havoc on vulnerable communities, degrading ecosystems, and harming the regions incredible biodiversity, which includes everything from jaguars and armadillos to some 850 distinct bird species.
photo by Bram Ebus
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