Colombia alluvial gold output area up 6%, two-thirds unlicensed

The number of hectares being used for alluvial gold production in Colombia increased 6% last year, with two-thirds of the total unlicensed, the energy ministry and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Wednesday. Just 27% of detected alluvial gold areas had required legal and environmental permissions, while 7% was in the process of legalizing. The remaining 66% is illegal production, the report said. Large-scale unlicensed gold mining, whether by crime gangs and leftist rebels or others, risks environmental damage in one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.

Source: Nasdaq