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.
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.
Three bulldozers, two loaders, two vehicles and more than 13,000 gallons of fuel, were seized by officers of the National Customs and Tax Administration of Peru, in Madre de Dios region.
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