Satellite mapping by the Monitoring the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) has been charting the environmental damage done by illegal and informal mining and deforestation. New maps show how mining is invading the Tambopata National Reserve in southern Peru and actually changing the course of the river Malinowski. While rivers do change their course naturally with time, the recent accelerated erosion of tree cover has abruptly straightened the river in a way that has resulted in increased sediment. This poses a threat to fish stocks and migration patterns and is damaging biodiversity, to the detriment of the livelihoods of local people living there. Since last year, when mining activity illegally entered the reserve, the MAAP report claims that 130 hectares of the reserve’s rain forest has now been lost. See: