LUCHA ANTIMINERA EXITOSA : EL CASO DE SAN CARLOS

Hoy hablamos de un caso raro de lucha contra la minería contaminante. Hace mas de 10 anos que los habitantes del municipio de San Carlos (province de Mendoza) dan dolores de cabeza a los empresarios mineros. De « rebeldía » de unos pocos se convirtió en un fenómeno que ahora involucra todas las generaciones del pueblo. Solo se pudo concretizar con fuerza y la difusion de la gente, exponiendo con transparencia los efectos (positivos y negativos) de la actividad minera y los beneficios asociados (lo que no dice las corporaciones mismas). La provincia de Mendoza, en particular el Valle de Uco, donde la actividad agrícola emplea indirectamente mas de la mitad de la población (cultivo, industria, comercio, turismo, etc) es la tierra de muchas luchas para preservar los recursos naturales como el agua y los suelos. Lire la suite

TOP PROTECTED NATURAL AREAS (so far)

Tested for you! Our Top Protected Natural Areas (by chronologic order in the Sur la Route du Patrimoine journey)

1. Juan de Fuca Provincial park (Canada) 2. Yosemite NP UNESCO (USA) 3. Bryce Canyon NP (USA) 4. Redwood NP UNESCO (USA) 5. Oregon coastal state parks (USA) 6.  RB Desierto del Vizcaino UNESCO (Mexico) 7. Calakmul RB UNESCO (Mexico) 8. RB Mariposas Monarcas UNESCO (Mexico) 9. Lago Atitlan Multiuso Reserve (Guatemala) 10. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife sanctuary (Belize) 11. Volcan San Miguel (El Salvador) 12. Utila Island (Honduras) 13. RB Ometepe Island (Nicaragua) 14. Area de Conservacion Guanacaste UNESCO (Costa Rica)
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TECK – Commitments to Responsible Development of Canada’s Largest Diversified Mining Company

Interview with Ms. Dara Edmonds, Sustainability Programs Officer at Teck on March 12th, 2013

Canada is known for very abundant natural resources. This abundance of natural resources is an engine of economic activity that is essential for many resource-based industries like mining. Mining and its related industries are critical for Canada socio-economic development as for environment and community impacts.  The question now is: How to balance this economical industrial potential with a way of activity align with sustainable development requirements?

Ms. Dara Edmonds is part of sustainability programs office at Teck, a 100-years old company and the largest Canadian diversified natural resources company. She explained their approach to different issues that matter to ensure responsible mining and mineral development. Mining can have significant social, economic and environment impacts. At Teck, their relationship with communities is the foundation of their work and they have developed deep connections to the communities in which they operate. This relationship is critical, both to support the growth of local communities and also to ensure social support exists for its operations and « to have community together to follow our goals ». Teck is committed to consultation and collaboration with local communities that have lived on and occupied the land for generations and generations. Lire la suite