The Forum aims to raise awareness of the impacts on the environment, health and the economy of mining in Honduras as well as to showcase community initiatives to address this challenge.
The Social Forum from Sula Valley Margarita Murillo, the National Advocacy Committee for Risk Management (MNIGR), the Agrarian Platform and the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (ASONOG), acknowledging the threat posed by uncontrolled exploitation of mineral resources that hangs over Honduras have decided to show the face of communities and the impact of mining by organizing a Forum on the “Environmental, social and economic impacts of mining in Honduras.”
Despite the urgent international call made on June 26, 2015, in San Salvador by civic organizations in Central America grouped around the Forum Vulnerable Central America United for Life, where they emphasized that the adverse impacts implied by extractive industries are deepening social and environmental problems associated with access to safe water, and the environment in general, and recognize that communities, local and national governments are key actors, and must assume its strategic role, to generate answers and alternatives to the risk scenarios arising from these economic activities.
Contrary to this the central government in coordination with the private initiative called the Council of the Mining and Quarrying Industry Trade and Investment (COMICOIN) are conducting a “mining Conclave” to continue promoting foreign investment through the exploitation of mineral resources. Something that according to the annual activity reports of the Central Bank of Honduras, has no significant representation within the economic activities of the country, despite the government’s insistence Honduras to present it as a panacea for the development of Honduras.
The forum aims to raise awareness of the impacts on the environment, health and the economy of mining in Honduras as well as to showcase community initiatives to address this challenge, and will include representatives of community organizations in the departments of Colón, Cortés and Santa Barbara as well as leaders of regional organizations and national civil society, people from the area that are references regarding the economy and human rights.
Considering the alarming situation that our communities and natural resources are facing, we can not remain silent, which would be tantamount to making us accomplices of the surrender and destruction of our resources, something that affect us all; so from our organizations, we invite the public to engage in the defense of their fundamental rights as the right to health, water, healthy environment, self-determination of peoples, among others; while we join the demands of our sister organizations in Central America who claim to all governments of the isthmus, to improve mechanisms for education, information, public participation in decision-making and social audit in relation to the administration of the natural resources.