Title

Organized crime and illegal gold mining in Latin America

Author Information

Eva Brunner
Ricardo Grande

Date of Publication

2018 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Illegal Mining

Keywords

Illegal mining, Latin America, gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten, copper, Peru, Colombia, small-scale and artisanal mining, mercury

Description

“Illegal mining is quickly expanding across Latin America. The increasing demand for copper, tin, tantalum, tungsten, but mainly gold, has multiplied the emergence of heavy mining machinery that—without permission and sometimes on a large scale—operates in remote corners of the regional geography, including at least 80 natural protected areas and buffer zones, according to the NGO Peruvian Society of Environmental Law (SPDA)."

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Organized crime and illegal gold mining in Latin America

“Illegal mining is quickly expanding across Latin America. The increasing demand for copper, tin, tantalum, tungsten, but mainly gold, has multiplied the emergence of heavy mining machinery that—without permission and sometimes on a large scale—operates in remote corners of the regional geography, including at least 80 natural protected areas and buffer zones, according to the NGO Peruvian Society of Environmental Law (SPDA)."