Gold mining in the municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira would drive deforestation and increase mercury pollution, say ecologists
16 December 2021
The Brazilian government has approved gold exploration in a pristine expanse of Amazon rainforest that is home to 23 Indigenous groups, an investigation by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper has revealed.
It reported that the head of Brazil’s Institutional Security Cabinet, Augusto Heleno, granted seven licences this year to explore for gold in a virtually untouched stretch of jungle bordering Colombia and Venezuela.
Ecologists say mining in the area, within the municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, would drive deforestation …