At Amazon Aid, we envision an Amazon free of destructive mining practices where people have access to safe, dignified livelihoods and ecosystems thrive. By raising awareness, independent journalism supports our work to cultivate a cleaner gold supply chain to preserve and protect the ecosystem and biodiversity, and to strengthen human rights in the Amazon.
In their latest article for Mongabay, journalists and Amazon Aid consultants Charlie Espinosa and Charles Lyons investigate plans to overhaul the mining sector in Colombia. The new Petro Government has begun the process with broad consultation with diverse stakeholders in Colombia. But small miners, such as Afro-Colombian Carlos Latorre, are skeptical. They’re waiting to see just how inclusive the new policies will be.
Read the full article here.
Also, read their interview with the Colombian mining minister.
The article and interview comprise the second installation of a six-part series, each piece focused on some aspect of gold mining in Amazonian countries, funded by Amazon Aid and published by nonprofit environmental science and conservation news platform, Mongabay. Lyons and Espinosa are developing the stories as independent journalists, without input from Amazon Aid. The first article, published in the Fall of 2022, examined gold mining and indigenous rights in Suriname.
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