Court Orders Rejection of Mining on Indigenous Lands in Brazil
Bnamericas reported that a Brazil court has ordered Brazil's mining regulator ANM to reject all requests related to mining in indigenous areas in Amazonas state. The court ruled in favor of prosecutors who demanded ANM freeze such approvals until legislation has been passed. Prosecutors cited data WWF Brasil, collected in 2018 from indigenous foundation Funai ANM and the environmental ministry, showing 4,073 requests for mining titles on indigenous land in Amazonas were filed.
ANM put 3,114 on hold until the regulatory framework is clarified.
Mining on indigenous land is prohibited, but congress is facing growing pressure to legalize it. The government wants to legalize mining in these areas to spur development. But the plans have also caused backlash amid deforestation concerns.
Indigenous lands account for around 12% of Brazil’s territory, an area larger than Colombia, mostly in or around the Amazon rainforest.