Central American Environmentalists join forces against Extractive Projects

The relationship between the Salvadoran mining resistance movement and similar actors in the region has existed and developed from the outset. For example, when mining companies first began to appear in El Salvador, "community activists were uncertain about how to respond about the prospect of mines opening in their region" (Spalding, 2014). Like-minded activists from Honduras "reportedly convinced them to be skeptical", and assisted in arranging visits to the Siria Valley to "receive firsthand exposure to community health complaints" (Ibid). According to Spalding, "[i]nteractions between Honduran, Salvadoran, and, subsequently, Guatemalan anti-mining coalitions helped identify commonalities and shared vulnerabilities. These links were reinforced by the cross border migration of gold mine capital and of mine waste flowing through interconnected water systems passing inexorably across national borders" (Ibid). In April 2017, NGOs from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua started an interchange project to exchange experiences about defending the environment against raw material extractive projects.

Political Actions category: 
Awareness/Coalition Building
Reference: 

El País, Ambientalistas de Centroamérica unen esfuerzos contra proyectos de extracción, 27 April 2017, online: https://www.elpais.cr/2017/04/27/ambientalistas-de-centroamerica-unen-es...

Rose Spalding (2014) "After CAFTA: Anti-Mining Movements, Investment Disputes, and New Organizational Territory" In Contesting Trade in Central America: Market Reforms and Resistance (Austin: University of Texas Press)

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24 July 2018