Peruvian Government Taking Action Against Illegal Amazon Gold Mines

Peruvian Government Taking Action Against Illegal Amazon Gold Mines

Mike Dreckschmidt

Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) reports that raids by the Peruvian Government have greatly reduced illegal mining in Tambopata National Reserve.

Near the end of last month, Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) reported on the movement of illegal gold miners in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. As this was happening, Congress was working on a proposal that illegal mining should not be classified as an organized crime. However, in the contrary opinion of MAAP researchers, the movement of these camps over time reveals that they are functioning in a highly organized manner.

To put these movements in perspective, MAAP has recently released a new report that shows that raids by the Peruvian Government have been successful in reducing 90% of illegal gold mining activity inside the highly bio-diverse national reserve since the invasions began in 2015.

The National Parks Agency of Peru, SERNANP, is also conducting ongoing raids. The buffer zone is more difficult for them to deal with because some of the illegal activity falls outside of their jurisdiction, as noted in the last month’s report.

Gold mining in this region initiated a state of emergency in 2016 due to high levels of mercury used in the extraction process that infiltrates and contaminates the waterways.

Are the Peruvian Government and Congress doing enough against illegal mining? Let us know what you think.

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