Deforestation in Venezuela surges as gold miners ransack the Amazon

The lack of pristine forest is estimated to be growing by round 170 per cent yearly in Venezuela – a good sooner fee than Brazil – because of a state-sanctioned increase in gold mining


9 December 2022

A gold mine in Bolivar state in the south of Venezuela

A gold mine in Bolivar state within the south of Venezuela


The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is accelerating sooner in Venezuela than in another nation, spurred by a state-sanctioned increase in gold mining.

“Nobody is seeing this destruction as a result of it’s occurring so quick that it’s unimaginable to measure,” says Alejandro Álvarez Iragorry, the coordinator of Clima21, an NGO that promotes environmental human rights in Venezuela. “The environmental harm and the pace with which it’s occurring is disastrous.”

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