Ecuador: Indigenous peoples & peasants defend water & land rights from impacts of foreign-owned mining projects

In view of the violent response to indigenous peoples who occupied lands under dispute, the indigenous confederation CONAIE and NGOs defending the rights of nature call for the protection of indigenous families displaced by force who decided to return to their lands. These families consider that there are irregularities in mining concessions.

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28 November 2016

Meet Ecuador’s water protectors

Author: Wagingnonviolence.org

Nestled amid the Andean mountains, Cuenca — Ecuador’s third largest city — has long been known for its bounteous sources of fresh water....However, over the last decade, its underlying gold and silver reserves have fallen prey to corporate mining interests — a situation that has only grown more critical with the government’s recent announcement that there will be further exploitation of these minerals...On October 22, the authorities of Azuay province...gathered in the mountains, over 11,000 feet above sea level, to unanimously pass a resolution declaring the province’s moor ecosystems “mining-free territories.”...At the core of this asymmetrical battle lie two mining projects promoted by the Ecuadorian government: Rio Blanco and Kimsacocha. Located respectively at the west and south margins of El Cajas National Park — a delicate set of humid moor ecosystems — these two mining projects are a direct threat to local agricultural communities benefiting from this complex web of watersheds. [refers to Junefield Minerals Resources, INV Metals]

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