Protect Ecuador

In Ecuador at the head of the Amazon River, work has begun on two large dams that are being filled with toxic mud from the Mirador open cast copper and gold mine. Authoritative engineers report the dams have “sketchy” retaining walls, that will inevitably break….

In Ecuador at the head of the Amazon River, work has begun on two large dams that are being filled with toxic mud from the Mirador open cast copper and gold mine. Authoritative engineers report the dams have “sketchy” retaining walls, that will inevitably break…

The length of the Amazon River is 6,436 Km and we are aiming for a target of $350,000 to make a full feature documentary to show the maps of the situation. We wish to share the making of this documentary with other NGO partners working in the Amazon.

The toxic mud contains sulfuric acid, plus mercury, arsenic and cyanide and other poisonous heavy metals. The intention is these dams will eventually be filled by up to 380 million tonnes of waste, at a rate of 60,000 tonnes a day, that’s 6,500 days or nearly 18 years.

But, here’s the rub, the man made walls of these mines have not been openly checked for safety.

Stephen Emerman, a world renowned tailings dam expert with thirty years of experience, who has studied the Mirador mine and it’s tailings dams for over ten years, has stated that both dams associated with the Mirador Mine are highly dangerous, and will inevitably collapse due foundation failure, seismic activity, internal erosion, overtopping and liquefaction of the dam contents owing to a failure to comply with Environmental Impact Assessments and recognized safety standards which are designed to take into account recognized variables such as excessive climate change.

What will your donation do ?

Your donation will help Global MapAid to support mapping that shows what is going on. Some of these maps will go into videos and social media.

Your donation and the subsequent maps are made to help protect the lives & livelihoods of indigenous peoples, (most of whom are economically poor), as well as help protect the flora and fauna of the Amazon. Protect Ecuador is the private campaign, founded by David Dene, that MapAid is partnering with to support these objectives.

Your donation will enable maps to help to inspire other environmental organisations to join in this campaign bringing complementary but different roles to MapAid.

All funds you donated at this Donate Button are unsubscribed funds, but for the duration of this campaign, at the discretion of the Board of Global MapAid, will be spent on the Protect Ecuador campaign. Any funds raised in excess of requirement, will be donated to mapping the Amazon to help protect and support the lives of the indigenous people who are economically poor.