Peru has always suffered from disastrous effects colonization, exploitation of resources and degradation of environment Indigenous people Peru have historically faced extraordinary threats to their very existence due to environmental and social exploitation. Modern Peru continues to face threats to its natural resources and indigenous communities in the form of mining projects and industrialized agriculture.
Tia Maria mining project is one such threat that continues to trouble the indigenous people of Peru. In late July 2019, inhabitants of the region organized a protest against the mining project which went on for weeks. The mining project is located in the Arequipa region of Peru, where Mexican mining company Southern Copper Corporation plans to construct the Tia Maria mining project. The project has long been a source of resentment and dismay among the inhabitants of the region. At the moment, it is not clear how these protests will pan out, and if the indigenous people will ever get justice. However, the government has suspended the project until it further evaluates it.
Most likely, the mining project will continue unabated and as it is located just 2 kilometers away from the Tambo Valley, the results can be disastrous. The project is expected to release cyanide and nitrogen into the valley, poisoning water, crops, and contaminating forests at large. Southern Copper Corporation assures that the people of the region will benefit from the project but it doesn’t take a scientist to conclude that mining projects will have disastrous effects on environment and the local population.
If you happen to visit Peru, take time to support local communities and understand their difficulties in these trying times. You can help these communities by participating in environmental projects and eco-tourism opportunities. To understand how you can participate and help local communities of the Tambo Valley, contact us today. We would be glad to customize and internship or volunteering program that is best suited for your needs. If that is not your thing, you can also take part in an eco-tourism initiative.