Peru’s government declared all informal mining illegal and began a crackdown. It raided the older boom town of Huepetuhe, dynamiting backhoes, trucks and generators. In La Pampa, miners fear they are next.
Andina: Government of Madre de Dios supports fight against illegal mining
June 4, 2014
The Regional Government of Madre de Dios expressed unconditional support for measures being taken by the central government to eradicate illegal mining in the region.
Executive approved consolidation strategy for mining in Peru
April 24, 2014
On Saturday, the government approved the Strategy for Wastewater small-scale and artisanal mining in order to continue with the formalization process. See the Strategy Document as a PDF
The Economist: Minecraft - Illegal mining in Latin America
September 16, 2014
Last year researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science carried out an assessment of Madre de Dios, using a combination of satellites, aircraft and researchers in the field. “We were shocked,” says Greg Asner, the project leader.