Papagayos, Mendoza, Argentina

Description
El proyecto Papagayos es un sistema de pórfidos de oro y cobre descubierto por geólogos de la Mount Isa/Xstrata en la cuenca del Río Papagayos, al sur-este de la mina El Teniente, ubicada cruzando la frontera con Chile y a 150 km al sur de San Carlos.
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Basic Data
NamePapagayos, Mendoza, Argentina
CountryArgentina
ProvinceMendoza
SiteValle de Uco
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral ore exploration
Establishment of reserves/national parks
Water access rights and entitlements
Specific CommoditiesGold
Copper
Project Details and Actors
Level of Investment (in USD)100000
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected Population32600
Start Date2003
Company Names or State EnterprisesTenke Minings from Canada
Desarrollo de Prospectos Mineros S.A. (Depromin) from Argentina
Relevant government actorsCongreso Nacional, Dirección de Minería - Ministerio de Ambiente y Obras Públicas
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersFrente Diamante, Fundación Cullunche, Sociedad Rural del Valle de Uco, Vecinos Unidos Por Agua Pura (PAP)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Women
Recreational users
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of alternative proposals
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseInstitutional changes
Land demarcation
New legislation
Application of existing regulations
Project cancelled
Development of AlternativesConservación de la Reserva de la Laguna del Diamante, por ser una de las mayores reservas de agua dulce de Mendoza.
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.La organización masiva de los vecinos de San Carlos, en defensa de las fuentes de agua y de la Reserva de la Laguna del Diamante, lograron que se amplie el área de protección de la reserva, lo que prohibe cualquier tipo de actividad minera en la zona.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

Mendoza, ley No.7722, que prohíbe la minería a cielo abierto con el uso de químicos contaminantes.

References

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Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina OCMAL

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Meta Information
ContributorPatricio Chávez
Last update08/04/2014
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