An environmental study of artisanal, small, and medium by Gary McMahon

By Gary McMahon

"Mining exploration funding within the Latin American and Caribbean sector has elevated a hundred thirty percentage within the final 5 years, a determine which raises to 500 percentage, if Chile is excluded." Governments have made over mining laws to permit deepest funding whereas turning into extra delicate to environmental elements. In mild of this laws, this document examines the environmental results of artisanal, small, and medium mines in 3 Latin American international locations: Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. 4 of an important parts to be thought of are: • The age of the mine • administration of tailings • The heterogeneity of the artisanal and small mine sectors • The expanding have to take cultural issues under consideration within the choice making approach. The paper comprises result of the experiences at the numerous mining sectors, technique and coverage innovations, and nation learn summaries.

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Even more interesting is the proposal that construction companies build tailing dams and rent or sell the space to mining companies. That is, a market would be developed in the storing and maintenance of tailings. Reprocessing of old tailings is another way to cover a significant part of the cost of environmental investments. In Peru an industrial bio-leaching plant has recently opened to process the tailings of an old gold mine. 5. The SGAB audit of the Huanuni mine reports that the average lifespan in the town of Huanunipopulation 12,000is only 40 years.

The overall conclusion of the study is that the medium mining sector is not very different from the large mining sector and, accordingly, should receive similar treatment with respect to environmental considerations. In addition, the number of firms in the MMS in the three countries is not so large as to make monitoring difficult or prohibitively expensive. Where significant environmental concerns exist, they are generally due to the 7. For income distribution reasons, each household could receive an initial block(s) of water free.

In some cases, it may be necessary to completely prohibit the mining activity. At the same time indigenous groups often benefit from mining activities. Solutions should be sought which maximize the benefits of mining to indigenous groups while minimizing the damage to their environment and cultures. Opposition to much more efficient and cleaner mining operations by indigenous communities are rarely irrational but arise from the realization that they will benefit less in such cases than from the existing inefficient and environmentally damaging mining practices.

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