The loss of pristine forest is estimated to be increasing by around 170 per cent annually in Venezuela – an even faster rate than Brazil – as a result of a state-sanctioned boom in gold mining
9 December 2022
The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is accelerating faster in Venezuela than in any other country, spurred by a state-sanctioned boom in gold mining.
“No one is seeing this destruction because it’s happening so fast that it’s impossible to measure,” says Alejandro Álvarez Iragorry, the coordinator of Clima21, an NGO that promotes environmental human rights in Venezuela. “The environmental damage and the speed with which it’s happening is disastrous.”
Around 63 per cent of Venezuela’s land is covered by natural …