Mining Banned to Protect the Ngöbe Buglé Shire

President Ricardo Martinelli signed off on a law that prohibits mining in the Ngöbe Buglé indigenous territory.

Law 11  recognizes the rights of the Ngöbe Buglé  to manage their own renewable resources, prohibits the concession of land for mining activities, cancels all mineral resource concessions, prohibits the disruption of river channels, and requires the approval of the Ngöbe Buglé  General Congress for any future hydroelectric projects.

Violators of this law will be fined between $10,000 and $100,000.

Read more about the history of the controversial mining debate here.

Ricardo Martinelli signs off on mining law


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