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Venezuela’s Mining Crisis Gains Regional Attention

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…
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by: Bram Ebus – August 9, 2018

New Reporting Platform Sheds Light on Venezuela’s Mining Crisis

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…
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by: Bram Ebus – January 15, 2018

Arc of Desperation

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

photo Bram EbusIn 2016, hoping the prevent the economic crisis now plaguing the country, President Nicol├ís Maduro opened up a vast swath of Venezuela's Amazon rainforest to large-scale mining projects. 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…
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by: Bram Ebus – Autumn 2017

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