Advanced Search

Weekly Report - 07 July 2016 (WR-16-26)

GUATEMALA: Mining back in the spotlight

In a move likely to be well received by local environmentalists and civil-society groups, Guatemala’s supreme court of justice (CSJ) last week ordered the definitive suspension of the ‘El Tambor’ gold mine. Located between the municipalities of San Pedro Ayampuc and San José del Golfo, in Guatemala department, the mine, which belongs to Exploraciones Mineras de Guatemala (Exmingua), a subsidiary of the US company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA), had served as one of the main metals-mining related conflicts in the country. The CSJ’s ruling attracted particular attention given uncertainty as to how the new conservative Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN-Nación) government led by President Jimmy Morales, which took office in January 2016, intended to respond to conflicts stemming from local communities’ opposition to such mining projects.

End of preview - This article contains approximately 689 words.

Subscribers: Log in now to read the full article

Not a Subscriber?

Choose from one of the following options