The Colombian State Council temporarily suspended mining strategic areas, in which in 2012 the government froze the extraction of natural resources to, then, auction the right to do that.
Mining rights for Canadian company Cosigo Resources on Vaupes have generated a series of local conflicts by being in areas where small miners worked, and another within the Yaigojé-Apaporis National Park.
In August 2012 the Minister of Environment launched a resolution which stated that it could not subtract any area of the Amazon classified as Forest Reserve for mining, until the ministry did zoning of the territory. Today things are changing.
The two largest oil companies in the country, including the country’s largest company, are studying to build a pipeline through a national park, even though the Constitution prohibits it.
Before leaving their duties, former environment minister of Colombia took a resolution banning all mining activity in nearly all the Amazon territory until the realization of environmental management throughout the region.