InfoAmazonia visited location where illegal mercury is sold along the border between Bolivia and Brazil, for illegal use by wildcat gold mining operations in Amazonia. After the Minamata Convention, Bolivia became the world’s largest mercury importer and it is estimated that half of the metal is sold as contraband to neighboring countries including Brazil, which has eliminated its legal mercury imports.
The Guardian: Illegal loggers remain hidden in Peru’s forest
State exercises little control over remote Amazon region blighted by poverty and illiteracy, and organised crime fills the vacuum.
The Economist: Minecraft – Illegal mining in Latin America
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.
A Crítica: Ornamental fish of rare beauty has been exported illegally in the Amazon
The Hypancistrus zebra has been exported illegally by a route passing through the state of Amazonas.
Peru21: Because of illegal mining, militaries will help to the Police
To prevent further abuses, loss of school classes and blocked roads because of illegal mining, the Central Government authorized the intervention of the Armed Forces in Arequipa, Puno and Madre de Dios.
Timber theft squeme discovered in Amazonas
Timber management plans in the state of Rondonia were suspended after the state of Amazonas identified an illegal management by loggers.
Court of Justice of Madre de Dios protected illegal mining
Would have detected cases of corruption and inefficiency archiving process in the Court of Justice of the Madre de Dios region.