Los territorios discuten el futuro de las consultas populares en Colombia

Territories Discuss the Future of Popular Consultation in Colombia

Territories Discuss the Future of Popular Consultation in Colombia

Territories Discuss the Future of Popular Consultation in Colombia

The past 11thof August, in Bogotá, around 50 representatives of various territorial defence processes and a dozen experts, joined forces with the purpose of discussing the future of popular consultation in Colombia regarding extractive activities. Delegates of various municipalities from all over the country, from Cesar to Nariño, came together....

The Future of Popular Consultations: Colombian social leaders gather to exchange

The Future of Popular Consultations: Colombian social leaders gather to exchange

This week, new Colombian President Ivan Duque came into power. His election, and his connections to former right-wing leader Alvaro Uribe, have raised serious concerns about what comes next for Colombia’s peace process, ecosystems and the communities across the nation facing extreme repression for defending their lands, waters and livelihoods....

Crime against the environment without consequences in Jachal, Argentina

Crime against the environment without consequences in Jachal, Argentina

“The only gold more valuable than life is water, which is life in itself.” Following the story of pollution and impunity unfolding around Barrick Gold’s Veladero Mine in Jachal, Argentina. Published 5/6/18 Only 2% the world´s water is fresh, and 75% of it comes from the glaciers. In Argentina, the...

Series: Gendered Impacts of Resource Extraction

Series: Gendered Impacts of Resource Extraction

“In a lot of countries women are on the frontline of this resistance and logically so because they are the ones who know by heart and by their Indigenous knowledge how mining, for example, is going to impact on their food… Yet, their contributions are invisible.” – Joan Carling, a...

The False Dilemma of Popular Consultations in Colombia

The False Dilemma of Popular Consultations in Colombia

Original article in La Silla Vacía  By: Juana Marina Hofman Quintero It is not a matter of whether the right to participation should be restricted or not, nor to absurdly think that communities will be able to decide whether or not they want public lighting. The central discussion here is...

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

What happens after a community successfully says No to mining? Having rejected the La Colosa Gold Mine in a popular consultation last year, the people of Cajamarca, Colombia, and forward-thinking Colombia businesses are building a future based on the region’s real treasures- clean water, land and agriculture. Article drawn from...

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

By: Jairo Barbosa – Member of the information committee – Movimiento Cívico por el Agua y por la Vida de Gachantivá Gachantivá is not an exception of the national mining problem and wants to ratify the right consecrated in the Political Constitution of 1991, of the community in power to decide the...

Urgent call to save the Nangaritza River and the Condor Mountain Range:  Ecuador under threat

Urgent call to save the Nangaritza River and the Condor Mountain Range: Ecuador under threat

Three years after the murder of the indigenous Shuar leader José Tendetza (December 2, 2014) By: Fabián Pacheco. Environmental Agrobiologist of the Costa Rican Federation for the Conservation of the Environment The province of Zamora Chinchipe is one of the most exuberant places in the world, where the highland Amazon, the...

LEAKAGES, POLLUTION AND SILENCED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS in Jachal, Argentina

LEAKAGES, POLLUTION AND SILENCED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS in Jachal, Argentina

On the 13th of September 2015, there was a leakage of cyanide solution to various water bodies in San Juan, Argentina, consequence of mining activities in the area. This has been the biggest mining incident in the story of the country. However, this leakage was not the only one and...

National and international organizations ask the Colombian Constitutional Court to stop the recoil of Popular Consultations

National and international organizations ask the Colombian Constitutional Court to stop the recoil of Popular Consultations

by: Valentina Camacho Montealegre @valentinacmpm (twitter) Through a public letter to the Colombian Constitutional Court, 14 international organizations, 112 Colombian organizations, six research groups and 90 experts and social leaders expressed their opposition against the pronouncement made by the high court saying they are looking at ways of limiting popular...