Uncontrolled, mechanised large-scale mining and logging have destroyed vast swathes of the region, causing devastation of strategic ecosystems, loss of fertile lands and water and soil pollution from mercury.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Uncontrolled, mechanised mining
The gold mining development programme is based in an eco-region called the Chocó Bioregion. One of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, this region goes all the way from Panama to Ecuador and from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes mountain range, larger than Costa Rica and second only in size to the Amazon. The verdant rainforest is home to approximately 2750 endemic species.