Stop the ecological devastation of Gold Reserve and Siembra Minera in the Orinoco Arc
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While the government of President Nicolas Maduro has defended the project as a necessary step in diversifying the country’s oil-driven economy and shoring up fiscal stability amid an acute recession, grassroots activists have condemned the initiative as an “ecocide” with severe social and ecological repercussions.
An open-pit mining uses between 450 and 1060 liters of water per gram of gold extracted, further endangering water security in a country suffering its worst drought in 47 years.
It contravenes the environmental protections enshrined under articles 127, 128, and 129 of the Venezuelan Constitution.
In addition to ecological devastation, opponents of the initiative fear that transnational mining will spur increased paramilitary activity with dire consequences for the large indigenous communities of the region.
Furthermore, Gold Reserve will have the same decision making power as the Government of Venezuela.
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