Cerro de Pasco, Perú


Cerro de Pasco está ubicada a más de 4.300 msnm, fue fundada en 1572, nació con el objetivo de explotar el yacimiento. Cuenta con una población de habitantes.

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Basic Data
NameCerro de Pasco, Perú
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Tailings from mines
Specific Commodities
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe building of the new city for 70 000 inhabitant would cost 6 000 000 000 USD.

Level of Investment (in USD)6 000 000 000
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population70 000
Start Date1956
Company Names or State EnterprisesVolcan Compañía Minera
Relevant government actorsMunicipalidad Provincial de Pasco, Congreso de la República, Gobierno Regional de Pasco, Ministerio de Salud
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersCONACAMI, Local inhabitants
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingIndustrial workers
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Trade unions
Forms of MobilizationCommunity-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Noise pollution, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases
Potential: Accidents, Deaths
OtherLead pollution
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Negotiated alternative solution
Under negotiation
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.La población será desplazada.
Sources and Materials

Periódico El Comercio
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CONACAMI, Sander Otten

Luis Vittor, Perú: Cerro de Pasco y la expansión minera, un conflicto infinito


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Media Links

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Cerro Pasco: Elliot Tupac

Meta Information
ContributorPato Chavez, JMA & Talia Waldron
Last update08/04/2014