Bnamericas reported that Brazilian prosecutors requested urgent measures from authorities to combat illegal mining in the Amazon. The move comes after dozens of ferries and dredgers, allegedly used for illegal mining, were filmed and photographed by local media along the Madeira River, in Amazonas state, an area where mining is banned. Prosecutors requested the use of the armed forces and police to combat the activity and said the images depict an invasion by local illegal artisan miners, known as garimpeiros, who extract gold in the region. Prosecutors said “Given the scale of the garimpeiro invasion, the efficient repression of the activity necessarily requires coordinated efforts from different government agencies.”The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro is under pressure from investors and global leaders to increase efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest. Bolsonaro has spoken out in favor of mining in the Amazon. According to mining association Ibram, studies show that the Amazon has great mineral potential, with more than 40% of Brazil’s territory and deposits of iron ore, manganese, copper, aluminum, zinc, nickel, chromium, titanium, phosphate, gold, silver, platinum and palladium.