Mining, Social Conflict and Alternatives in Colombia and Peru


Large-scale mining projects are strongly backed by the Colombian and Peruvian state as a source of revenue and jobs. However, they have a long record of damaging social and environmental impacts. They harm people’s health and disrupt food production. They contribute to biodiversity loss and pollute water sources.

Local communities are frequently displaced, repressed and criminalised for protesting against these projects, triggered by the lack of effective channels of social participation into decisions affecting their livelihoods.

This event provided expert analysis on the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia and Peru in relation to mining operations, and alternatives to large-scale mining projects were presented.

Listen to the podcast of the event.


18:00-18:10: Welcome by Ana Reyes-Hurt, Peru Support Group
18:10-19:20: Panel Discussion with Q&A
19:20-19:30: Concluding Remarks by Louise Winstanley, ABColombia
19:45-20:45: Screening of Documentary “Historias del Agua


Martha Cecilia Garcia, Social Movements Advisor, CINEP (Colombia)

Javier Jahncke, Executive Director, Red Muqui (Peru)

Dario Kenner, Lead Analyst Sustainable Economic Development, CAFOD

The panel discussion was chaired by Dr Graham Woodgate, Principal Teaching Fellow Environmental Sociology of the Americas, UCL Institute of the Americas.

Translation between English and Spanish will be provided.