Lack of proposals from political candidates on the Environmental Crisis in El Salvador

Mesa communique

PRESS RELEASE: National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining 

For many years El Salvador has faced serious environmental degradation provoked in its majority by industrial processes of big corporations.  In 2018 the panorama would have been even worse, if El Salvador had given into the pretensions of transnational mining companies to exploit gold and silver in the northern part of the country.

Given the environmental conditions that our country is facing and the current electoral scenario not all the political parties have presented a legislative program for the population, despite the fact that the legislative campaign has already began. In fact, politicians have remained silent asking for the citizen's vote while failing to commit to social, economic, public finances, and transparency issues.

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Latin American Women Weaving Territories

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The women of the Peaceful Resistance La Puya and the Municipality of Mataquescuintla, in Guatemala; RENACAMIH and COPINH, Honduras, ADES Santa Marta in El Salvador, and the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights express our concerns about the effects of extractive industries in the region.

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PRESS RELEASE: To the national and international public opinion

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Social movements say: no to the privatization of water in El Salvador

We want to express our deep rejection of the "Integral Water Law" proposal presented in mid-June by the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) before the Legislative Assembly and supported by ARENA and other right-wing parties.

We consider that its contents are intended to implement a model of privatized management, where the priority for the use of water will be commercial above the human rights of people and nature. This proposal creates an autonomous authority where ANEP decides the fate of water in the country; it eliminates watershed based management and thus it virtually excludes community participation. The proposal eliminates the priority of supplying water the to the population, establishing a single permit for public and private users, with equal terms for all users and charging equal fees or fees for the use of water to all users regardless of whether for domestic or commercial consumption.

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PRESS RELEASE: Permanent Alert against Metallic Mining in El Salvador


On December 14, it will be 2 months since an ICSID Tribunal issued the arbitration award condemning Pacific Rim / Oceana Gold to pay the Salvadoran State $8 million US dollars in legal costs as a result the lawsuit filed by the transnational mining company 2009 against the government. The three arbitrators of the tribunal unanimously debased all arguments of the company and gave the reason to El Salvador.

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NEWS RELEASE: Canadian mining company threatens El Salvador’s water

reportOttawa – Canadian investments are coming between citizens of El Salvador and their water, says a new report. Authored by Meera Karunananthan of the Blue Planet Project and Susan Spronk of the University of Ottawa, the report highlights the tensions between El Salvador’s relationship with foreign investors and a thriving environmental movement that is promoting a bold new vision for the country’s freshwater scarcity crisis.

El Salvador refused to issue a permit for a gold mine to Vancouver-based Pacific Rim, the corporation decided to sue the government for over $300 million (U.S.). Pacific Rim has since been bought by Canadian-Australian firm Oceana Gold, which has taken over the lawsuit.

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EARTH DAY 2014: El Salvador faces critical environmental challenges


The United Nations(UN), has called on millions of people who on April 22 will celebrate Earth Day 2014 to focus on celebrating Green Cities to achieve a healthy and sustainable environment.

This effort is meaningless if we consider that extractive projects, such as metal mining, destroy our planet every second of the 365 days of year with the consent, permission or omission of governments of countries tied to neoliberal capitalism that makes life a commodity.

In Latin America, in particular, battles are being waged by indigenous communities against voracious corporations that try to impose their dominion over territories, foretelling the future extermination of indigenous communities, the loss of cultural diversity and the destruction of nature itself.

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