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Community Consultas on Mining in the Americas

Community Consultas on Mining in the Americas

Created by TweetMap on 16/05/2012
Updated on 15/06/2012
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Since first appearing in Tambogrande, Peru in 2002, the "consulta", or community referendum, has emerged as a powerful tool for communities affected by unwanted mining projects to voice their collective opinion on a project through engaging in popular democracy. By giving residents of affected communities the opportunity to vote on whether or not they agree with destructive mining taking place on their land, the "consulta" can meaningfully encourage peaceful citizen participation and provide a mechanism for resistance movements to democratically voice their concerns about a particular project or on mining in general. While the majority of consultas have taken place in indigenous communities in Guatemala, this tool has also adapted to suit a number of different contexts, as a means of either asserting indigenous sovereignty over traditional territories, the rights of peasant farmers to maintain their livelihoods, or a land free of mining that can attract alternative investments.

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