that of the deforestation of the rainforests poses a major problem for the balance of ecosystems. One of the main reasons for this phenomenon we also find themining industry whose environmental impact has been estimated thanks to a recent study.
An ever-increasing demand for minerals (such as nickel, tin, gold, and iron) is causing ever-increasing destruction of rainforests such asAmazon. According to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) between 2000 and 2019, mining was at least razed to the ground 3,264 km2 of forest area.
This study took into account all industrial mines across 26 countries and calculated that 80% of deforestation caused by mines is concentrated in Indonesia, Brazil, Ghana and Suriname.
Among the effects that this phenomenon has, we also find the balance between ecosystems and biodiversity. According to research conducted byAmazonian network of georeferenced social-environmental information together with the indigenous peoples of the coica part of the Amazon may now be irreparable. But the fact remains that agriculture remains the most damaging sector for rainforests, followed by mining.
Our findings illustrate significant, but unevenly distributed and often unmanaged impacts on these biodiverse ecosystems. Impact assessments and mitigation plans for industrial mining activities must consider direct and indirect impacts to support the conservation of the world’s tropical forests.
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