UN: more than 60% of gold mining in Colombia is illegal

A recent report from the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crime concludes that more than 60% of gold mining in the country is illegal. According to the aforementioned 236-page report, “66% of the evidence of alluvial gold exploitation does not have technical and / or environmental permits nor is it in transit towards legality, which constitutes an illegal activity”. The UN report suggests that 12 of the 32 departments present evidence of alluvial gold exploitation on land, with a total of 98,028 hectares (ha) and close to half (52%) are in excludable mining areas, territories in which, due to their function of protection and conservation of environmental heritage, exploitation is not allowed.

Source: Portafolio