Artisanal and small-scale gold mining is an important income-generating activity in the region of Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru. However, while it contributes to people’s livelihoods, it also has severe impacts on the environment and on the health of the local population. Mining is therefore related to a range of conflicting interests around rainforest destruction, biodiversity loss, mercury poisoning of humans, animals, and water, and land conflicts.
The project “Gold mining in Peru and trade to Switzerland and Europe: Identifying entry points for transformation” of the Wyss Academy for Nature aims to achieve concrete improvements in the currently socially and ecologically unsustainable practice of gold mining in Madre de Dios. It aims to do so, by
Based on their expertise in sustainable trade, CDE researchers
Wyss Academy for Nature
Hub South America, Wyss Academy for Nature
Dr. Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi
Prof. Dr. Julie Zähringer