"No toques Intag": el municipio de Cotacachi exige a BHP que abandone su territorio

Hands off Intag- Municipality of Cotacachi, Ecuador, calls on world’s largest mining company to leave its territory

Cotacachi, 14 de septiembre del 2017

Senor Andrew Mackenzie, Gerente General BHP Billiton

 

Estimado Senor Andrew Mackenzie,

Reciba un cordial saludo del gobierno Autónomo descentralizado Municipal de Santa Ana de Cotacachi .

Mediante el presente,me dirijo a usted, para alertarle sobre la posición oficial de nuestro gobierno en cuanto a la minería en nuestro territorio; el cual incluye toda la zona de Intag donde, hasta el momento, su empresa es dueña de cinco concesiones mineras, las cuales suman un total de 22.570 hectareas y afectan a cinco areas protegidas.

Solicito muy respetuosamente que como Gerente de BHP Billington, tome en cuenta los siguientes argumentos legales y respete nuestra decisión de mantener al Cantón Cotacachi libre de minería. No hacerlo indicará su irrespeto a las decisiones de nuestro Gobierno Autónomo, al igual que a la decisión de la gran mayoría de la sociedad civil del Cantón Cotacachi, y pondrá en riesgo sus inversiones en nuestro cantón.

Aparte de la voluntad política de la población de no permitir la expansión de la mineria en el Cantón Cotacachi, en la actualidad nuestro cantón cuenta con varias herramientas jurídicas prohibiendo y/o rechazando la minería a gran escala. La mas reciente de estas es la resolución que rechaza la mineria misma que fue aprobada de forma unánime por el consejo Municipal en Julio del 2017.

A mas de la citada resolucion,nuestro canton e rige por la Ordenanza que declara a Cotacachi Canton Ecologico, instrumento legal y vigente desde abril 2001, y que esta publicado en el registro civil de la nacion. Dicha ordenanza contiene varias cláusulas destinadas a proteger el agua y biodiversidad del Canton, y de promover el desarollo sostenible. Por tanto, la mineria violaria abiertamente la ordonanza.

Aprovecho la oportunidad para indicarle que la mineria no consta en nuestros planes de desarollo y ordenamiento territorial, instrumento legal y de obligada ejecución, preparado juntamente con las comunidades y otros gobiernos locales,para orientar y controlar el desarollo de nuestro territorio.

Adicionalmente, señalamos que la mineria ha sido rechazada contundentemente y anualmente por la sociedad civil en nuestro Canton – y de modo especial porlos residentes de la zona de Intag desde la primera Asamblea de Unidad Cantonal realizada en 1996. Estos son espacios participativos que permiten elevar las preocupaciones y necesidades de la sociedad civil en nuestro Canton para convertirlas en políticas y acciones concretas de nuestro gobierno.

Por ultimo, le indicamos que sus cinco concesiones en el Canton Cotacachi afectan a los siguientes Bosques Protectores y zonas de amortiguamiento :  una parte de su concesion Santa Teresa 2, afectaria a la zona de amortiguamiento de la Reserva Ecologica de Cotacachi-Cayapas; una de las areas protegidas nacionales mas biodiversas del Ecuador y del mundo. La misma concesion afecta a dos bosques Protectores : Siempre Verde y El Placer – La Florida. Las concesiones mineras Sabaleta 2 y Sabaleta 3, por otro lado, afectan la totalidad del Bosque Protector Cebu. Todas las áreas protegidas tienen sus respectivas declaratorias emitidas por el Ministerio del Ambiante y forman parte integral de nuestra estrategia de conservar nuestros recursos renovables y promover el desarollo sustentable. Las reservas, cabe anotar, forman parte de la iniciativa del gobierno Cantonal de Cotacachi y del gobierno Provincial de Imbabura, de construir un nuevo Geo Parque en el norte del pais, una unidad de conservacion amplia.

Por lo ante expuesto, solicito muy comedidamente retire sus concesiones de nuestro Canton lo mas pronto posible, y respete la voluntad de la comunidades y de nuestro gobierno local.

Seguro de contar con su atencion favorable a este pedido, me suscribo de usted.

 

Atentamente,

Jomar Cevallos Moreno

Alcalde GAD Municipal Santa Ana de Cotacachi

 


 

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18th October UK/Ecuador– Tomorrow YLNM members in the UK will deliver a letter from the Autonomous Government of the Municipality of Santa Ana de Cotacachi, Ecuador, to the Annual General Meeting of BHP. The letter will call on BHP, the world’s largest mining company, to abandon five concessions in the Intag region.

 

Cloud forest in Intag, Ecuador.

Read the letter in full in English or Spanish

The territory of the Canton of Cotacachi encompasses the whole area of Intag, whose inhabitants have successfully fought off attempts by both Bishi Metals and Chilean state miner CODELCO to mine for copper in the region to-date.

Intag-based environmental group DECOIN won the Equator Prize this year for its efforts to protect Intag, a hyper-biodiverse cloud-forest region, and for advancing alternative forms of non-extractive, community-led development.

“Mining has been strongly rejected annually by civil society in our Canton – and especially by residents of the Intag area since the first Assembly of Cantonal Unity held in 1996”, writes Mayor Jomar Cevallos Moreno, author of the letter.

Despite clear and sustained opposition to mining in the Canton of Cotacachi, it has recently come to light that BHP has been granted five concessions in the Intag area by Ecuador’s federal government.

According to the letter, these concessions will affect a number of formally protected forests, ecological reserves and their buffer zones.

These areas are central to the Canton of Cotacachi and the Provincial Government of Imbabura’s long-term vision for non-extractive development alternatives based on nature conservation, eco-tourism and sustainable agriculture.

“The protected reserves, it should be noted, are part of the initiative… to build a new Geo Park in the north of the country- a large and inclusive conservation unit”, writes Mayor Moreno.

In the letter, which will be handed over to BHP at its London AGM on the 19th October, Mayor Moreno reminds the company that:

“Mining is not included in our (the Canton of Cotacachi’s) plan for territorial development, a legal and mandatory instrument, written together with the communities and other local governments of our area, to guide and control the development of our territory.”

In light of this, the Mayor calls on BHP to:

“Withdraw your concessions from our Canton as soon as possible, and respect the will of the communities and our local government.”

 

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