Devastation in Venezuelan Amazonas
The tragedy in the Orinoco Region of Venezuela
Find out about the tragedy that is occurring and take action to detain the unfolding human and environmental disaster
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Historically, this region has alternated between neglect and attention on the part of Venezuelan rulers, both of which have had negative and positive results. During the past 20 years, the Chavista narcostate has shown fluctuating levels of attention particularly when both Chavez and Maduro were keen to find new sources of money. During this period, the government has tried to implement 6 programs in partnership with various countries.
The latest one being the Arco Minero plan announced on February 24, 2016 – to exploit the vast gold, diamond, coltan and other mineral reserves. The results have been catastrophic both for the region its people, the environment and will probably have tragic lasting- if not irreversible – effects on Venezuela and beyond.
The human and environmental abuses can be classified into five major categories:
Learn about the degradation and devastation of Southern Venezuela's ecosystemsRead all
Find out about the terrible health crisis in Southern Venezuela that is affecting indigenous populations that live in this areaRead all
Read about how illicit business has thrived under the Maduro Regime in Southern VenezuelaRead all
Find out how mercury used in gold mining is causing irreparable damage in Southern VenezuelaRead all
Read about how the Maduro Regime has relinquished large sectors of Southern Venezuela to non-state transnational actors including the Colombian guerrillaRead all
Find out about the human and indigenous rights violations occurring in Southern VenezuelaRead all
A human and environmental disaster.
Why Project SOSOrinoco?
The purpose of SOSOrinoco is to shed light on the existing body of work regarding the situation in the Amazonia and Orinoquia regions of Venezuela, to raise awareness of the tragedy that is occurring and to outline some urgent measures that need to be taken in order to halt the unfolding human and environmental disaster.
Venezuela, one of the top 10 “mega-biodiverse countries in the world but also highly mineral-rich is suffering probably the worst environmental crisis in the Western Hemisphere. Due to the progressive & definitive collapse of the oil-based economy, the Maduro regime has unleashed indiscriminate mining, causing deforestation, sedimentation and mercury poisoning of rivers, in total disregard for the preservation of the extremely delicate environment.
60 % National territory
The territory South of the Orinoco River – World’s 3rd largest river in volume - is located in Amazonia & Guiana Shield – one of the oldest parts of the planet & well known for its tabletop mountains called “tepuys”.
111,843 km2 Arco minero area
Equivalent to 12% of Venezuela’s territory – the size of Portugal - “The Mining Arc of the Orinoco” is the rubric for a criminal state extractivist mining policy that has unleashed anarchic mining operations, mainly gold and coltan.
86,600 ha Area of illegal mining
Venezuela is the Amazonian country with the second largest area of illegal mines - more than 900 mining sectors - Venezuela’s mining industry has turned into a vast organized crime scheme that involves all levels of political and military power structure.
Laws, decrees, political documents
All the most important and relevant laws, decrees and political documents regarding Southern Venezuela can be found in this section.
Decreto 276 | Reglamento Parcial de la Ley Orgánica para la Ordenación del Territorio sobre administración y manejo de parques nacionales y monumentos naturales
Reglamento de la Ley Orgánica para la Ordenación del Territorio sobre Parques Nacionales y Monumentos Naturales
UN Human Rights report on Venezuela urges immediate measures to halt and remedy grave rights violations 2020
GENEVA (July 4, 2020) A UN human rights report published today urges the Government of Venezuela to take immediate, concrete measures to halt and remedy the grave violations of economic, social, civil, political and cultural rights documented in the country.