Environment

Bolsonaro to open up indigenous lands to miners

Billed as a hope for prosperity for Brazil's indigenous communities, Bolsonaro's mining plan will scare away investors and cause damage

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Amazon indigenous family living on floating wooden house. Photo: CYSUN/Shutterstock

On Monday afternoon, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro launched the Mining and Development Program, which, among other things, intends to regulate mining activities on protected indigenous lands. 

Drawn up by the Mines and Energy Ministry, the plan includes 108 targets and guidelines to be implemented over the next three years. While also including provisions for mining in border areas and fast-tracking licenses, the possibility of allowing mining in indigenous territories is by far the most controversial aspect of the program.

Jair Bolsonaro has had his eye on exploiting indigenous lands ever since taking office as president. “Whatever we can do for...

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