Cerro Verde - Arequipa, Peru


Cerro Verde es un complejo minero de cobre y molibdeno, es la tercera mayor mina de cobre de Peru, ubicado aproximadamente a 20 Km al suroeste de la ciudad de Arequipa.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Cerro Verde - Arequipa, Peru
State or province:Arequipa
(municipality or city/town)Arequipa
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Tailings from mines
Water access rights and entitlements
Mineral ore exploration
Specific commodities:Copper
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

mina a cielo abierto vida util 30 años la ampliacion del proyecto llevará la producción de 120,000 a 360,000 toneladas metricas de mineral por dia.

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Project area:7000
Level of Investment:4000000000 for the extension of project
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:50000
Start of the conflict:2007
Company names or state enterprises:Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold
Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde
Holding SUMITOMO from Indonesia
Minera Buenaventura from Peru
Relevant government actors:Gobierno Regional de Arequipa
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Arequipa (APPA)
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local government/political parties
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Project is ongoing, this if alleged to be Freeport McMorans biggest investment at present anyywhere.

It affects mostly the district of Jacobo Hunter in the city of Arequipa.
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

(Dante Aurelio Martinez Palacios)
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Periodico la Republica

Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Contributor:Joan Martinez Alier & Pato Chavez
Last update08/04/2014