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.
In a joint statement, members of WWF-Brazil, said the region between the Amapá state in Brazil and French Guiana is one area that is experiencing major problems.
The study, Consumer Goods and Deforestation, says two countries – Brazil and Indonesia – account for 75% of the total area illegally cleared over the period.
According to former environmental minister Antonio Brack Egg, gold mining has devastated nearly 370,000 acres of the Peruvian Amazon.
The Hypancistrus zebra has been exported illegally by a route passing through the state of Amazonas.
Waste from hospitals, industrial areas and households come to this place that does not treat the waste, which affects the Nanay River, main regional provider of potable water.
The Regional Government of Madre de Dios expressed unconditional support for measures being taken by the central government to eradicate illegal mining in the region.
Greenpeace’s new video focuses on the dangers of illegal logging, and shows that illegal timber’s destination isn’t so far from home.
Pollution of rivers, forest clearing and a desert landscape is what is observed in images of the operation against illegal mining in La Pampa, in the area known as “Mega 14”.
It is worth asking if the ambitious goals of the Sanitation Strategy for Small Scale Mining and Artisan Mining goes hand in hand with clear objectives, timelines and resources.