Research institute to clean up informal mining pollution in Madre de Dios

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Peruvian Amazon research institute IIAP will open a centre in Madre de Dios region to clean up and recover areas contaminated by illegal mining, state news agency Andina reported.

IIAP will start construction of the centre in April and expects to conclude work in November, institute president Luis Campos said. Construction will cost 5mn soles (US$1.81mn) and the funds will be provided by the public treasury.

IIAP scientists will study mercury contamination in the waterways and fish and they will analyze ways to clean up the pollution. They will also look at planting bamboo in deforested areas, the report said.

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Illegal mining in Madre de Dios has resulted in the deforestation of some 32,000ha, according to environment minister Antonio Brack.