EARTH DAY 2018: Expansion of illegal mining in Venezuela and negligent response by regional and global organizations

This past week, when the world celebrated #EarthDay2018, the people who care for the indigenous peoples and environment of Venezuela – one of the top ten most biodiverse countries in the world – have been shocked again by the negligence on behalf of the key organizations that should be sounding the alarm regarding the horrific devastation occurring South of the Orinoco River in the so called “Arco Minero del Orinoco” and in the headwaters of Venezuela’s largest and most important rivers, the Orinoco and Caroní.  Here below you will find articles about the negligent attitude and complete lack of urgency by UNDP officials to detain the use of mercury and cyanide in the legal and illegal mines (see videos below), to control the devastation and stop the violence and lawlessness in the states of Bolivar and Amazonas.

23 Abril 2018 – PNUD Venezuela – Retos y oportunidades para el Desarrollo Sostenible en el P. N. Canaima fueron abordados por PPD y PNUD en Venezuela en el Día Internacional de la Madre Tierra 2018 This report of the meeting that took place never mentions the devastation occurring in the Ikabarú River nor the rapid expansion of illegal mining as can be seen below in these satellite images.

Lenni Montiel

This is the Venezuelan who is Regional Director a.i of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (read his bio!) and who we would have thought would be the first to denounce the devastation occurring in his own country!

Comparing & contrasting of satellite images of the Ikabarú River – 2000 Landsat ETM & 2018 Landsat 8

2017 Miranda Satellite images of illegal mining on the Ikabarú River, Bolivar

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