Carnivorous fish are among the most consumed by the Munduruku and the most contaminated by mercury. Scientists suspect the toxic metal, found in the bodies of the members of this indigenous community is seriously affecting the health of adults and children who are born with malformations and developmental delays. Munduruku women already avoid getting pregnant.
New study suggests that mercury contamination is widespread among residents of the Amazon
Although living 186 miles away from the area along the Tapajós River where illegal mining is concentrated, Santarém’s inhabitants are at high risk of mercury poisoning.
Global demand for manganese puts Kayapó Indigenous land under pressure
Amazônia Minada project finds unusual rise in demand for manganese in 2020, when it became the second most requested on indigenous lands – just after gold. Some of the richest manganese deposits in the world are in southeast Pará, overlapping with the territories of the Kayapó, the most affected by recent records in mining requests. Illegal mining has increased and Indigenous people denounce mining on their territories.
MAAP: New gold mining border in Amazonas region, Peru
Satellite images confirm that mining is causing deforestation along river Santiago, entering the forests of the region.
Panamá Papers: The Virgin Islands of illegal mining
Mossack Fonseca operated offshore financiers who sent tons of gold to the U.S. and Switzerland.
Illegal gold mining penetrates deeper into Tambopata National Reserve, Peru
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.
In the Bolivian Amazon 45,000 people are engaged in illegal gold mining
Illegal mining is expanding in the Amazon, also in Bolivia, causing deforestation, water and air contamination, in addition to human trafficking and labor exploitation.
Bolivia: Operation against illegal gold mining in Pando
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
Extractivist Reserve of Rio Jutaí, in Brazil, rout illegal mining
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.
Apaporis, Colombia: the sacred shelter was saved of being mine
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.