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Aerial drone photographs showing the extent of the deforestation impact from alluvial gold mining on the tropical forests of the Madre de Dios region. The ponds took water from local rivers and wetlands for liquifying and sorting soil to extract gold. This also impacted trees near the cleared areas due to the dramatic changes in the watertable. Following Peru's February 2019 militarized crackdown on illegal and unofficial alluvial gold mining in the La Pampa region of Madre de Dios, Wake Forest University's Puerto Maldonado-based Centro de Innovación Científica Amazonia (CINCIA), a leading research institution for the development of technological innovation for biological conservation and environmental restoration in the Peruvian Amazon, is applying years of scientific research and technical experience related to understanding mercury contamination and managing Amazonian ecosystems. What they learn will help guide urgent remediation, restoration, and reforestation efforts that can also serve as models for how we address the tropic’s most dramatically devastated landscapes around the world. La Pampa, Madre de Dios, Peru.
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Peru - La Pampa Gold Mining 2019
Aerial drone photographs showing the extent of the deforestation impact from alluvial gold mining on the tropical forests of the Madre de Dios region. The ponds took water from local rivers and wetlands for liquifying and sorting soil to extract gold. This also impacted trees near the cleared areas due to the dramatic changes in the watertable. Following Peru's February 2019 militarized crackdown on illegal and unofficial alluvial gold mining in the La Pampa region of Madre de Dios, Wake Forest University's Puerto Maldonado-based Centro de Innovación Científica Amazonia (CINCIA), a leading research institution for the development of technological innovation for biological conservation and environmental restoration in the Peruvian Amazon, is applying years of scientific research and technical experience related to understanding mercury contamination and managing Amazonian ecosystems. What they learn will help guide urgent remediation, restoration, and reforestation efforts that can also serve as models for how we address the tropic’s most dramatically devastated landscapes around the world. La Pampa, Madre de Dios, Peru.