Peru’s government declared all informal mining illegal and began a crackdown. It raided the older boom town of Huepetuhe, dynamiting backhoes, trucks and generators. In La Pampa, miners fear they are next.
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.
On Saturday, the government approved the Strategy for Wastewater small-scale and artisanal mining in order to continue with the formalization process. See the Strategy Document as a PDF
Nearly 70% of “officially inspected” logging concessions in Peru have had their permits canceled or are under investigation for major breaches of forestry laws, finds a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Environment Minister in Peru requested the judiciary to take action against Adolfo Cayra for dismissing the judge responsible for overturning rulings that were favorable for illegal mining.
The Superior Court of Madre de Dios dismissed the judge of Huepetuhe, who annuled a series of resolutions that his predecessor had rules in favor of people connected to illegal mining activites.
Timber management plans in the state of Rondonia were suspended after the state of Amazonas identified an illegal management by loggers.
The Superior Court of Justice of Madre de Dios sentenced three miners that were extracting gold illegally in the National Reserve of Tambopata.
Controls on fuels in the Madre de Dios region will only damage illegal mining activities according to High Commissioner Daniel Urresti.
In Brazil, the Federal Audit Body uncovered the means used by BNDES (National Bank for Economic and Social Development) to avoid revealing its data.