Last update:
2017-03-02

Curipamba Sur, Bolivar, Ecuador

Campesinos, mujeres e indígenas que se oponen al desarrollo minero denunciando irregularidades en su aprobación y desarrollo y los riesgos en el agua, tierras y salud. Los oposición ha sido objeto de persecución y criminalización.


Description:

El Proyecto Minero Curipamba Sur es un yacimiento de oro y metales basicos ubicado en la Sierra del Ecuador en el canton Las Naves, Provincia de Bolivar a 250 km al suroeste de Quito.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Curipamba Sur, Bolivar, Ecuador
Country:Ecuador
State or province:Bolivar
Location of conflict:Canton Las Naves
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Water access rights and entitlements
Mineral ore exploration
Tailings from mines
Specific commodities:Gold
Silver
Copper
Lead
Zinc
Project Details and Actors
Project details

5,53 millones de toneladas material mineralizado ley promedio de 2,4% cobre 2,5% zinc 0,3% plomo 2,8 gr/ton de oro 48,4 gr/ton de plata recurso mineral inferido adicional de 1,46 millones de toneladas de material mineralizado

Project area:30327
Level of Investment:20000000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2007
Company names or state enterprises:Salazar Resources Ltd. from Ecuador
Curimining from Ecuador
Union Mining-Trafigura
Relevant government actors:Ministerio del Ambiente, Ministerio de Recursos Naturales No Renovables, Fiscalia de Echandia, Gobernacion de Bolivar, Municipio de Las Naves
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Comunidades de las Naves, Comunidades Guaranda, Comunidades Echandia, Accion Ecologica
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Sabotage
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Strikes
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, 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, Mine tailing spills
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
New legislation
Repression
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Este es un proyecto en fase de exploracion, la concesion no se ha
suspendido, por el contrario, los procesos de represion y
criminalizacion a los opositores estan presentes. Llega en 2013 nuevo capital de la empresa holandesa Trafigura.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Nueva Ley de Minera enero de 2009
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Resolucin 506 Ratifcase la aprobacin del Estudio de Impacto Ambiental del Proyecto Minero Curipamba Sur conformado por las reas

Mandato Constitucional Minero
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Web de Salazar Resources Ltd.
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Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Curipamba/El Domo
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CURIPAMBA PROJECT
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Bolivar exije salida de Curimining por problemas legales, ambientales y sociales
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

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Contributor:Patricio Chávez
Last update02/03/2017
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