Campesinos succeed! - The Expansion of One of the Biggest Mines in Peru Will Not Go Ahead

31 January 2005

The Peruvian National Human Rights Coordinator's Ángel Escobar Jurado award was given to Father Marco Arana in December, in recognition of his work as the mediator of dialogue between the local community of Cajamarca and mining company Minera Yanacocha. Father Arana's efforts led to the peaceful resolution of the years-long conflict over plans to expand the Yanacocha mine to the environmentally sensitive and spiritually significant Quilish Mountain.

Following years of community opposition, Minera Yanacocha decided not to expand the Yanacocha Mine. In an unprecedented statement printed in Peruvian newspapers, Minera Yanacocha acknowledged that the mine's activities over the last 20 years had significantly changed the area, and cited community opposition as part of its decision to stop its exploration.

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