Mining moves forward in southeast of Nicaragua
On September 2019 environmental organization, Fundación del Río, documented and reported publicly the invasion of small-scale mining in Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve.
According to this organization, since the end of 2016 the new “gold fever” started in Las Crucitas, Costa Rica, where the small-scale mining practice has grown without restrictions and it has started to affect the heart of Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve and Rama-Kriol territory.
Fundación del Río counted more than a 100 mills in total, mainly in the town of San Carlos, an area close to the buffer zone of Indio-Maíz Reserve.
Besides these mills, we noticed new constructions for this activity in the town El Castillo, which puts them closer to the core zone of the reserve.