Metals mining and Sustainable Development in Central America: An Assessment of benefits and costs


This assessment conducted by Oxfam discusses the social, environmental and economic costs of metals mining in Central America. The prices of metals are very unstable and mining practices produce little wealth for the country involved. In addition, it leads to resource depletion and environmental destruction. Mining extraction is an unsustainable economic practice, and it has been shown that countries that rely more heavily on natural resource exports have a slower GDP growth rate per capita.