Last update:
2014-04-08

Alto Chicama, Peru

Description:

El proyecto extraero oro, esta situado en la Cordillera Occidental de los Andes, abarca parte del valle denominado Alto Chicama a una altura de 4150 msnm. La preocupacion principal entre la poblacion es la potencial contaminacion de las numerosas lagunas que se encuentran a mas de 4000msnm. Barrick planea usar para sus operaciones, lagunas que permanentemente y durante siglos, son el medio de subsistencia para la poblacion.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Alto Chicama, Peru
Country:Peru
State or province:La Libertad
Location of conflict:Santiago de Chuco
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
Tailings from mines
Water access rights and entitlements
Specific commodities:
Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Extraeron cerca de 7.3 millones de onzas de oro. Barrick asegura que los costos de produccion sera de US $135 por onza de oro.

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Project area:815500
Level of Investment:369500000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:Barrick Gold Corporation from Canada
Barrick Misquichilca from Peru
Relevant government actors:Consejo Nacional de Ambiente , Ministerio de Energia y Minas, Direccion Regional de Energia y Minas, Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Comunidades circundantes al Alto Chicama, Federacion Regional de Rondas Campesinas de La Libertad, Coordinador Provincial de Santiago de Chuco de la Federacion de Rondas, Tribunal a la mineria transnacional
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Ronderos
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Las autoridades peruanas encargadas de controlar los impactos ambientales
han hecho observaciones al EIA pero lo aprobaron finalmente.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Convenio 169 de la OIT
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

'Barrick se impone en Alto Chicama' OCMAL website
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'Barrick advances Alto Chicama project in Peru'
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(in attachement)

The Northern Miner

NO TODO ES COLOR DEL ORO
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Other documents

Report by Bothends
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Meta information
Contributor:Patricio Chavez
Last update08/04/2014
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