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Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

July 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

Since 2009, Canadian mining company Pacific Rim has been suing the government of El Salvador for not having granted it a mining permit since a presidential ban was adopted.

There is widespread opposition to mining across El Salvador: Polling data shows that a majority of Salvadorans (62 percent) support a permanent ban on metal mining. According to El Salvador’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), 90 percent of surface water is contaminated due to agricultural runoff and deficient sewage processes. The World Bank has found that 20 percent of the rural population lacks safe drinking water.

Join us, the Institute for Policy StudiesGlobal Economy Project,  Center for International Environmental Law and Oxfam for a pivotal forum on this cutting edge clean water crisis threatening two-thirds of Salvadoran’s water supplies, thus affecting health, agriculture and livelihoods.

We will hear from and dialogue with Teodoro Antonio Pacheco, Executive Director and founding member of ADES–Santa Marta’s Association for Economic and Social Development, in Cabañas, El Salvador that focuses on educational projects in rural areas.

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July 25, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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