Más de 100 organizaciones del mundo entero dicen NO a la mega - mina industrial de oro en Guayana Francesa !

More than 100 organizations around the world say no to mega-mining in French Guiana

Entre las organizaciones que apoyan se encuentra la red Sí a la Vida No a la Minería YLNM.

 

20/04/2017

El 22 de febrero, 20 asociaciones francesas pidieron el alto al proyecto de las empresas Columbus y Norgold en la Montaña de Oro en la Guayana francesa, asi como el cese de todos los proyectos de megamina industrial de extracción de oro ubicados en el corazón de la selva Amazónica (ver el comunicado de prensa adjunto). Es imperativo preservar la biodiversidad excepcional guayanesa, respetando los derechos de los pueblos indígenas que viven en esa selva.

Nuestras organizaciones hacen un llamado a todas las asociaciones, colectivos, e iniciativas ciudadanas del mundo entero a apoyar esta lucha.

Toda la Amazonia esta siendo amenazada por la multiplicación de los proyectos industriales. Francia debería promover proyectos sostenibles y respuetuosos del medio ambiente en beneficio de las poblaciones locales en vez de abrir la puerta a proyectos dirigídos por una estrategia predatoria ante todo.

Para contestar este llamado, les pedimos mandar un mensaje confirmando su apoyo, acompañado del logo de su organización si asi lo desean, al correo siguiente: contact-guyane@isf-systext.fr

La lista de los apoyos será transmitida el 7 de abril 2017 a los candidatos a las elecciones presidenciales y legislativas francesas. El objetivo es de influir en las nuevas políticas mineras francesas, demostrando que la sociedad civil internacional será vigilante de las decisiones tomadas por el Estado francés.

Además, pueden también firmar individualmente una petición que ya ha juntado mas de 120 000 firmas, en esta pagina : https://www.salvalaselva.org/peticion/1084/no-a-la-mega-mina-en-los-bosques-de-la-guayana-francesa

Les agradecemos de antemano por su ayuda.


 

 

El 22 de febrero pasado, el colectivo “Or de Question” de Guayana Francesa, con el apoyo de seis ONG francesas, decía no a la mega-mina industrial de oro en Guyana[1]. Desde entonces, fueron más de 120.000 personas que han apoyado de forma individual nuestra petición [2]. La sociedad civil internacional está muy movilizada y ahora contamos con 105 organizaciones de 25 países (véase la lista de firmantes) quienes requieren del gobierno francés la parada inmediata del proyecto “Montagne d’or” (Montaña de oro) llevado por las compañías canadiense y rusa Columbus y Nordgold, y una moratoria para cualquier proyecto de mega-mina industrial de oro en esta región.

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Francia, anfitrión de la COP 21 en 2015, se comprometió a tomar medidas concretas contra el calentamiento global mediante la promoción de actividades económicas que respeten los imperativos del desarrollo sostenible. Entonces, debería rechazar la implementación en su territorio de una mega-mina industrial de oro, las cuales amenazan fuertemente el medio ambiente y la salud humana, sobre todo porque Francia no tiene ni un código legal minero vinculante sobre estos aspectos [3], ni un organismo institucional de control y monitoreo dedicado.

Nuestro movimiento se compone de organizaciones trabajando en diferentes áreas: protección del medio ambiente, derechos humanos, respeto a las poblaciones indígenas, la ingeniería, la agricultura y la soberanía alimentaria … Todos son reconocidos por su trabajo en Francia y en el extranjero, sobre todo América Latina, en los países vecinos de Guayana Francesa, donde varias mega-minas de oro se encuentran al centro de graves conflictos humanos y sociales. Entre ellos podemos mencionar aquí Uruguay quien está solicitando una moratoria de la mega-minería metálica y El Salvador quien acaba de votar la prohibición de cualquier nuevo proyecto minero en su territorio.

¿ Qué credibilidad tendría nuestro país para dar lecciones de ecología a los países en desarrollo, con sus economías frágiles, pero quienes tienen el valor de enfrentarse a las multinacionales mineras para garantizar el acceso al agua y al suelo no contaminados para su población, cuando abrimos una mega-mina de oro gigantesca en el corazón de la Amazonia, pulmón del planeta ?

Hacemos un llamado a los candidatos de las elecciones presidenciales y legislativas de 2017 para que apoyen públicamente nuestra solicitud y se comprometen con la parada del proyecto “Montagne d’or” (montaña de oro) y la moratoria solicitada, siendo electos, inmediatamente entrando en funciones. Nuestro movimiento ciudadan o y militante, compuesto por 105 organizaciones, estará atento a la aplicación efectiva de sus demandas y al cumplimiento con los compromisos asumidos por Francia.

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Yes to Life No to Mining is one of more than 100 organisations that are calling for a moratorium on all industrial mega-mining projects in French Guiana. Find out more and join the campaign here.

On 22 February this year, 20 French associations called for the immediate end of the project “Montagne d’Or” led by Columbus Gold and Nordgold in French Guiana, as well as for a moratorium on all industrial mega-mining projects in this region that lies at the heart of the Amazonian forest (see the attached press release). It is imperative that we preserve the unique biodiversity of French Guiana, while respecting the rights of the indigenous peoples who live there.

Our organisations call upon all associations, stakeholders’ groups and citizens’ initiatives all around the world to support this struggle.

The whole Amazon is being threatened by the multiplication of large-scale industrial activities. The French government should be promoting lasting and sustainable projects that respect both the environment and local communities, rather than opening the floodgates to predatory industrial mega-projects.

To support this appeal, please send us an email to the following address: contact-guyane@isf-systext.fr, confirming your support. You can also attach your logo in high resolution.

The list of supporters was sent on 7 April 2017 to the candidates in the French presidential and legislative elections. Our goal is to bear influence in the future French mining policies, by showing that the international civil society will be vigilant to the decisions taken by the French State.

We would also like to remind you that a petition with more than 120 000 signatures is currently under way and that you can sign it individually at this address: https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/1084/no-to-industrial-gold-mining-in-the-forests-of-french-guiana

We thank you in advance for your help.

 


 

Background

On February 22nd, the Guianese collective «Or de Question», supported by 6 french NGOs, raised their voices against the industrial gold mega-mine in French Guiana [1]. Since then, more than 120,000 people have individually supported this petition [2]. The international civil society is heavily mobilized and we aree now 105 organizations from 25 countries (see list of signatories ) demanding to theFrench government to immediately stop the “Montagne d’or” (gold mountain) project carried out by Canadian and Russian companies Columbus and Nordgold, as well as implementing a moratorium on any proposed industrial gold mega-mine in this region.

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France, the organizer of COP 21 in 2015, has made commitments to take concrete action against global warming by promoting economic activities that respect the imperatives of susta inable development. France should therefore refuse the establishment on its territory of industrial gold mega-mines which threaten the environment and human health so dramatically, especially since a binding mining code on these asp ects [3] is critically missing, and an institutional body dedicated to the monitoring and surveillance of these activities as well.

Our movement is formed by organizations working on various topics: environmental protection, human rights, respect for indigenous populations, engineering, agriculture and food sovereignty. All are acknowledged for their work both in France and internationally, especially in Latin America, in neighboring countries of French Guiana, where several gold mega-mines are at the heart of serious human and social conflicts [5]. Among those countries, Uruguay is demanding a moratorium on metallic mega-mining and El Salvador has just passed a ban for any new mining project on its territory.

Developing countries do have the courage to stand up against multinational mining companies, in spite of their fragile economies, to guarantee access to unpolluted water and soils for its population. What credibility would our country have in giving them ecology lessons while opening a gigantic gold mine in the heart of the Amazon, the lung of the planet?

We call on the candidates of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections in France to publicly support our request and to commit themselves to stop the “Montagne d’or” (gold mountain) and implement the requested moratorium as soon as they take office, if elected. The citizen and activist movement, represented by our 105 organizations , will be vigilant on the effective application of its demands and the respect of the commitments taken by France.

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