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.
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.
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.
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