Whether you approach it socially or technically, to lawyer Mirtha Vásquez and engineer Reinaldo Rodríguez it is beyond dispute that the Conga mining plan in its present form is absolutely irresponsible and must not be carried out. Putting gold before water, the implementation of the project will have a huge and irreversible social and ecological impact. These two Peruvian guest speakers came to Belgium for a 2-week tour of lectures, informative evenings, lobby meetings and workshops.
The 18th of June, on the 19th day of the regional strike against the Conga mining project, a hunger strike was initiated. This dramatic method of non-violent resistance shows the despair of some protesters. It is an ultimate attempt to draw the attention of the Peruvian government, who has been ignoring the voice of the Cajamarcan people since the installation of the Conga project.
After the publication of the international expert report, president Humala announced that the Conga project is viable, if the mining company is willing to adjust the exploitation plans to the environmental recommendations, proposed by the experts. One of the main recommendations is the preservation of two mountain lakes, that, according to the company’s original plans, normally would had to be displaced. How did the different stakeholders respond to this statement?
The strike announced for the 11th of April , which took place in three most important provinces of the region of Cajamarca, came to an end without any incidents. No confrontations with the police were reported, the interprovincial transport went fluently.
Just a few days before the publication of the international expert report on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Conga mining project, the Peruvian government decided to send army and National Police squads to the localities that would be affected by extractive activities.
CATAPA presents - from February 14th until March 15th - DocuLatino IV, a Latin American documentary festival. This edition puts forward the problems of the gold mining and oil industry.
While big transnational corporations make lots of profits, countries in the Souts are left with a huge social and ecological mess. Local ecosystems are devastated, rural communities lose their farmland, toxic products poison the drinking water for years. The consequences are desastrous, and often irreversible.
From February 1 to 11, a broad coalition of Peruvian civil society organizations, regional and local authorities and communities is organizing the March for the Right to Water and Life. The start will be celebrated at the mountain lakes of Cajamarca, threatened by the USD 4,8 billion open pit gold mining project Minas Conga. From Cajamarca and several other regions, marchers will head to Lima with specific demands. You can support the March. Follow our English blog on the case, congaeuropa.wordpress.com.
(Ottawa) Effective September 19th, Goldcorp has been removed from the Dow Jones North America Sustainability Index. The announcement comes in the context of ongoing allegations of human rights violations and evidence of environmental contamination in communities affected by Goldcorp’s mining activities.