Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

The small nation of El Salvador has banned metal mining and defeated a mining multinational suing the nation for protecting its water sources… How did this happen? What can we learn? Can El Salvador’s historic victories be replicated elsewhere?   Ethics and International Affairs, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh.  June 19, 2017  A...

Jericó le dijo no a la minería de metales

Jericó le dijo no a la minería de metales

The council of the Colombian municipality of Jericó in Southwest Antioquia, has voted to ban metal mining in its territory. Article in Spanish. El Espectador. 7 Jun 2017 El Concejo del municipio antioqueño prohibió la explotación minera en su territorio con una votación de seis a favor, cuatro en contra y una...

Philippines bans new open-pit metal mines

Philippines bans new open-pit metal mines

Citing a need to protect communities and biodiversity, Philippine environment minister Regina Lopez has announced the decision to ban new open-pit metal mines in one of the world’s most mineralised nations. Originally published by Mongabay. 1 May 2017. QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Prompted by powerful evidence of massive injury to...

Victory as Colombia bans mining in water-rich Paramos!

Victory as Colombia bans mining in water-rich Paramos!

Originally by Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.com 9 February 2016 Colombia has officially banned all mining activities in its paramo regions (moorlands) after the country’s Constitutional Court revoked Monday a regulation that had allowed mineral exploitation in the area. Mining in the paramo — the area of the Andes mountains covered with subalpine...

For the love of water: El Salvador’s mining ban may cost $300m ‘compensation’

For the love of water: El Salvador’s mining ban may cost $300m ‘compensation’

Originally published by The Ecologist on 10/10/15.   Disastrous water pollution from gold mines in El Salvador has united government and people to oppose new metal mines, writes Lynn Holland. In Central America’s most water scarce country, the imperative is to keep lakes, rivers and streams clean and wholesome. But...

For the Love of Water: El Salvador’s Mining Ban

For the Love of Water: El Salvador’s Mining Ban

Originally posted by Counter Punch. By Lynne Holland. For some time now, U.S. and Canadian mining companies have been seeking out new mining sites in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world. This is partly because high-grade ores that are easily accessible in the U.S. and Canada are in the...

Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’

Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’

Originally posted on Aljazeera America. By Renee Lewis. ALGARROBOS, Dominican Republic — “This is no longer a local fight, but a fight for the life of this country as a whole,” said Tony Sánchez, referring to Loma Miranda, a mountain in central Dominican Republic that activists say is threatened by...