Illegal mining in Colombia’s Amazon threatens Indigenous communities

  • In June 2021, Indigenous communities observed boats carrying out illegal gold mining in the Caquetá River in the Colombian Amazon.
  • Satellite images showed as many as 19 boats that month on the Puré River, one of the Caquetá’s tributaries.
  • Research shows mercury contamination from gold mining has contaminated Indigenous communities in the Caquetá River Basin.
  • Researchers and Indigenous advocates warn the influx of miners into the remote Colombian Amazon may compromise the health and well-being of uncontacted peoples who depend on isolation for their way of life.

Source: Illegal mining in Colombia’s Amazon threatens Indigenous communities