On the map, hover the mining requirements to see infowindow with the applicant, type of record, year, ore, number, and last movement of the mining requirement process. Click on Protected areas to see the year of creation and size; and on the Indigenous Lands for demarcation phase, ethnicities, and area in km2. On the top-right menu, click to enable or disable the Indigenous lands and Protected Areas layers. The map is updated daily.

Mining expansion in the Amazon is not a new threat. But, at the Brazilian current government, it has become almost state policy with the government downsizing environmental agencies, and presenting a bill in Congress to explore indigenous areas. In less than two years, the president and his ministers talked about “monetizing the forest” and “run the cattle herd,” despite environmental norms. The result of these actions has been wildfires, record deforestation, and unprecedented mineral exploration in areas that should be under government protection.

Against the Brazilian environmental policy that contributes to the destruction of the forest, we choose to put light on one of the main drivers of forest degradation of the Amazon: Mining. Thus was born the project Mined Amazon, a tool created by InfoAmazonia to monitor thousands of mining requests that threaten the peoples of the Amazon.

Our map shows in real-time new requests filled with the National Mining Agency (ANM) that overlap 385 indigenous lands and 49 integral protected areas in the Brazilian Legal Amazon.

Whenever a new request is filled on these areas, the bot profile @amazonia_minada sends a tweet naming the applicant, the area threatened, the type of ore, and the current status of the process. In other words, our job here is to name companies and persons that own these mining requests within areas protected by law.

Four reporters have investigated who owns these mining requests, related companies, their interests, and how they affect Amazon communities. This work will be published here on InfoAmazonia and by partner networks in the coming weeks.

We hope readers, researchers, and journalists take advantage of our analysis and join us in amplifying the importance and risks of these mining attempts. Feel free to suggest corrections, ask for more information, or invite to partnerships:[email protected].

Best regards from the Mined Amazon team.

Brazil, November 13, 2020.


#The Mined Amazon Team

Hyury Potter, coordination and reporting
Juliana Mori, data visualization
Fernando Eckstein, programming development
Eduardo Goulart de Andrade, reporting
Naira Hofmeister, reporting
Pedro Papini, reporting


The Mined Amazon project is supported by the Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund and the Pulitzer Center. In 2019, the project received an innovation grant from the International Center for Journalists in partnership with The Wall Street Journal.

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