British mining giant Anglo American made copper mining research applications on the Sawré Muybu Indigenous Territory, in the Brazilian Amazon, without consulting them.
Mined Amazon has revealed 1,265 pending requests to mine in 26 Indigenous territories in Brazil that are home to isolated tribes. In 2020, half of the requests filed with the ANM were on lands with isolated tribes. Indigenous groups have filed a lawsuit with Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court against the government, and avert a “real risk of genocide” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Agency for Assessment and Environmental Control (OEFA) of Peru reported that the regional governments, the Directorate General of Mines, Ministry of Mines and Energy and DG and Coastguards have until Oct. 15 to report environmental monitoring of small scale and artisanal mining, for the third quarter of 2014.
While interdiction and policy formalization of mining, from the central government, are critical in the fight for the protection of forests, these have not been accompanied by an alternative plan to mitigate the impact on the economy of the citizens of Madre de Dios.
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.
As many as 40,000 illegal miners — mostly poor, Quechua-speaking laborers from Peru’s Andean highlands — have invaded some of the most pristine and biologically rich sections of ancient forest in the Amazon basin.
According to former environmental minister Antonio Brack Egg, gold mining has devastated nearly 370,000 acres of the Peruvian Amazon.
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.
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”.