Satellite images confirm that mining is causing deforestation along river Santiago, entering the forests of the region.
Mossack Fonseca operated offshore financiers who sent tons of gold to the U.S. and Switzerland.
MAAP shows two additional types of satellites imagery (due to lack of new high-resolution image) indicating that the illegal gold mining deforestation continues to penetrate deeper into the Reserve.
Illegal mining is expanding in the Amazon, also in Bolivia, causing deforestation, water and air contamination, in addition to human trafficking and labor exploitation.
The operation was conducted in the Madre de Dios River. The activities did not have authorization, so that did not contribute to the state and only contaminated water
In August were seized one kilogram of gold, transported in two boats, four dredgers and a speedboat (boat), used to ore extraction in an illegal mining, installed in River Boia in a region outside the bounds of the reserve.
Colombia’s Constitutional Court did not allow a Canadian company could take gold from a luxuriant natural park in the Amazon, home to ancient indigenous communities.
The images describe the expansion of deforestation by gold mining until February 2015 in the area known as La Pampa, located in the Madre de Dios region in the south of the Peruvian Amazon.
Between 2010 and 2014 Colombia exported 310 tons of gold. OjoPúblico found that over 70% of this volume was destined to US companies, mainly Republic Metals Corporation and the Metalor group.
OjoPúblico acceded to Ecuatorians records of exports of gold, and identified 140 companies that sent on commercial flights 74 tons of gold abroad, which had as main destinations US companies between 2011 and 2014.