Cerro Verde - Arequipa, Peru


Cerro Verde es un complejo minero de cobre y molibdeno, es la tercera mayor mina de cobre de Peru, ubicado aproximadamente a 20 Km al suroeste de la ciudad de Arequipa.

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Basic Data
NameCerro Verde - Arequipa, Peru
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Water access rights and entitlements
Mineral ore exploration
Tailings from mines
Specific CommoditiesMolybdenum
Project Details and Actors
Project Detailsmina a cielo abierto vida util 30 años la ampliacion del proyecto llevará la producción de 120,000 a 360,000 toneladas metricas de mineral por dia.

1 m3/s. consumo de agua 2.000 empleos 600 millones de libras de cobre anual 15 millones de libras de molibdeno anual
Project Area (in hectares)7000
Level of Investment (in USD)4000000000 for the extension of project
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population50000
Start Date2007
Company Names or State EnterprisesFreeport McMoran Copper & Gold
Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde
Holding SUMITOMO from Indonesia
Minera Buenaventura from Peru
Relevant government actorsGobierno Regional de Arequipa
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAsamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Arequipa (APPA)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local government/political parties
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationMedia based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseNew Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Project is ongoing, this if alleged to be Freeport McMorans biggest investment at present anyywhere.

It affects mostly the district of Jacobo Hunter in the city of Arequipa.
Sources and Materials

(Dante Aurelio Martinez Palacios)
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ContributorJoan Martinez Alier & Pato Chavez
Last update08/04/2014