Resistance against metallic mining in El Salvador commemorates International Day Against Open Pit Mining

by Gloria Orellana

Translated from: http://nuevaweb.diariocolatino.com/resistencia-ciudadana-contra-la-mineria-metalica-en-el-pais/

"We are here on this date to join millions of voices around the world in protest the mega mining projects" stated Vidalina Morales commemorating the international fight against transnational mining which causes misery and environmental pollution.

The theme of year's International Day was "Against Mega Mining and in Defence of Life and Water", a day that commemorated around the world to advocate for a world free of toxic chemicals causing the destruction of ecosystems, biological corridors and forests.

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Incoming Minister of the Environment confirms continuation of mining moratorium in El Salvador

Statement signals the posibility of achieving a mining prohibition during the tenure of incoming president Salvador Sanchez Ceren

by P. Cabezas

Incoming minister of the environment and natural resources Lina Pohl, announced at an international forum at the Central American University that her ministry will continue to support the mining moratorium that has taken place in El Salvador since 2008.   The announcement was made at a regional gathering of anti-mining activists in San Salvador organized by the Research Center on Investment and Commerce, a member organization of the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining, La Mesa.

During her speech Pohl acknowledged concerns often raised to oppose metal mining in El Salvador (population density, size of the territory and the precarious ecological balance of the country) to publicly state that she would honor a campaign promise made by president elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren to "maintain the current mining moratorium and to seek solutions to the environmental threats posed by over 48 mining projects located in the border with Honduras and Guatemala” during her term.

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