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    An Illustration of the Mining Dilemma in Colombia

    By Keith R | July 7, 2009

    Topics: Extractive Sectors | No Comments »

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    I just read a good article in Tierramérica that illustrates well, I think, the current split in Colombia over mining, particularly mining that affects protected areas.  They examine the controversy over AngloGold Ashanti‘s gold exploration activities in the municipality of Cajamarca, in Tolima Department*, in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) and the Central Forest Reserve (Reserva Forestal Central).  The gold mining that AngloGold is contemplating there may affect not only the forest, but also 160 headwaters and the Coello River basin it protects and provides ecosystem services to.  Check out the article.


    * A department is a governmental subdivision in Colombia akin to a state in Brazil, Mexico or Venezuela or a province in Argentina. It has a government and an assembly. Colombia has 32 departments.

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