Mining activity along the Icabarú corridor is a contradiction, given the strategic importance of this river basin for Venezuela’s economy and other activities. Mining activity has gone from being disperse and small-scale, conducted by adventurers and local inhabitants, to being an anarchic focus of mining activity that is of utmost importance to the criminal network that has taken over the entire world of mining in Venezuela during the last 20 years. There is an urgency for the implementation of a new policy that would define a coherent land use and management plan for the Icabarú River basin and the entire upper Caroní River, and which would serve the country’s general interests, guarantee the workings of the electric power generated by the Guri Dam, and put an end to the anarchy and violence, and to the socio- environmental destruction.
The Icabarú River, located in the southern part of the state of Bolívar, adjacent to the border with Brazil, is one of the most important tributaries of the Caroní River, whose 5,030 km2 basin is still covered mostly by a valuable and strategic rainforest1 despite the ugly scars resulting from all the mining activity.
- Read the full report in English released by SOS Orinoco in May 20, 2020 “The Icabarú Mines in the Caroní River Basin: Incoherence, State-Sponsored Anarchy and Criminality”
- Lea informe completo en español publicado por SOS Orinoco el 20 de mayo, 2020 “Minería en Icabarú, Cuenca Alta del Caroní: De la Incoherencia a la Anarquía Criminal de Estado”