Progress on Las Bambas
10 October 2016
Some progress to report on Las Bambas. Last week, an agreement was reached to pave 83 kms of road running through community lands in the region of the Las Bambas mine in Apurímac. http://www.conflictosmineros.org.pe/?q=alertas/06/10/2016/acuerdan-asfaltado-y-mantenimiento-de-v-donde-transita-transporte-pesado-de-las
This has been a longstanding complaint for the communities living in the vicinity. The passage of 300 trucks a day along dust roads creates serious environmental and health problems, as well as putting agriculture at risk. The agreement on paving the road was taken at a meeting of the mesa de diálogo at which ministers were present from both Minam (the environment ministry) and Minem (ministry of energy and mines).
Lack of compliance with agreements is frequently a source of complaint among communities. It will be important to ensure that this commitment is for real.