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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 of gold in handphoto by Bram EbusSince oil prices began to plummet several… more

by: Bram Ebus

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New Reporting Platform Sheds Light on Venezuela’s Mining Crisis – January 15, 2018

South American country's dangerous bet on large-scale mining threatens pristine Amazon region

News outlets InfoAmazonia and el Correo del Caroni are launching a new interactive website with a series of articles on mining conflicts in Venezuela. The project, “Digging Deeper into the Mining Arc,” is sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Conflict Reporting.

Arc of Desperation

Venezuela’s decision to open up the Orinoco Belt to mining threatens the Amazon rainforest.

By Bram Ebus

At 10 a.m., young men on motorbikes start to arrive in front of a cockfighting arena in Las Claritas, a small village in the state of Bolívar in southeastern Venezuela. They mill around smoking cigarettes and playing cards. Their relaxed manner distracts one… more

by: Bram Ebus

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