Post Tagged with: "Madre de Dios"

Illegal Gold Represents 20 Percent of Peru’s Gold Exports

Illegally-mined gold represents about 20 percent of Peru’s overall exports of the precious metal, according to tax agency Sunat. Illegal gold mining has taken off over the past decade in the Madre de Dios basin  and has been the source of mercury pollution in indigenous communities, whose fish are now […]

Peru’s Illegal Gold Mining Takes in 15 Percent More than Drug Trafficking – Official

Illegal gold mining in Peru is earning 15 percent more than drug trafficking, a government official said Monday. Daniel Urresti, the High Commissioner for the Formalization and Interdiction of Mining and Environmental Remediation, said in an interview with RPP radio that illegal gold mining has overtaken cocaine trafficking in terms […]

Study Finds Madre de Dios Deforestation from Mining Worse Than Previously Thought

Study Finds Madre de Dios Deforestation from Mining Worse Than Previously Thought

The annual rate of deforestation in Peru’s biodiverse Madre de Dios region has tripled over the past five years, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which was cited by local media. The main reason for the deforestation has been illegal gold mining (see […]

On the Ground in the Battle Against Prohibited Mining

On the Ground in the Battle Against Prohibited Mining

By Paula Dupraz-Dobias ✎ Special to the Peruvian Times ☄ HUAYPETUHE, MADRE DE DIOS, Peru — A combative voice on the local radio station summed up the temperament in this small frontline town, also known as the center of informal and illegal gold mining: “Prohibiting mining will lead to poverty […]