Small-Scale Mining and Environmental Protection in Peru: What Will New Legislation Bring?

August 6, 2014 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Washington, DC (and via teleconference)


A recent decision by the government of Peru to reactivate the national economy will – among other things – ease environmental protections on mining and energy activities. A law passed earlier this month by the Peruvian Congress has raised key questions about environmental implications of the reforms, including within the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector. ASGM activities in Peru and globally raise a host of complex environmental and social challenges, and formalization of the sector is viewed as a critical step to addressing such challenges. Monica Nuñez Salas with the Peruvian Agency for Assessment and Environmental Control and Hannah Stutzman with the Amazon Conservation Association will address:

  • The implications of the new law for biodiversity and protected areas
  • The effects of the law on the ASGM sector, including strategies to promote formalization and voluntary compliance with environmental measures
  • The future of environmental institutions in Peru


Monica Nuñez Salas, Legal Advisor at the Peruvian Agency for Assessment and Environmental Control

Hannah Stutzman, Director of Programs, Amazon Conservation Association


An audio archive of the seminar can be found here.  

Slides from Monica Nuñez Salas's presentation can be found here
Slides from Hanna Stutzman's presentation can be found here.