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The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas

Since the exploitation agreement for the large-scale mining project Fruta del Norte (FDN) between the Ecuadorian government and Swedish-Canadian Lundin Gold was signed in December 2016, construction work has intensified at the mine site, impacting surrounding communities in a number of ways. This st...

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Main Author: Soliz Torres, María Fernanda
Other Authors: Yépez Fuentes, Milena Alía, Sacher Freslon, William
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Published: Ottawa, Canadá: Mining Watch 2019
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Online Access: http://hdl.handle.net/10644/6489
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spelling The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas Soliz Torres, María Fernanda Yépez Fuentes, Milena Alía Sacher Freslon, William MINERÍA SALUD PÚBLICA PARTICIPACIÓN COMUNITARIA MEMORIA COLECTIVA LARGE-SCALE MINING COLLECTIVE HEALTH Since the exploitation agreement for the large-scale mining project Fruta del Norte (FDN) between the Ecuadorian government and Swedish-Canadian Lundin Gold was signed in December 2016, construction work has intensified at the mine site, impacting surrounding communities in a number of ways. This study focuses on the community of El Zarza, which is closest to the project. Beyond the disenchantment elicited by the laundry list of unfulfilled promises about employment and financial benefits, families in the community of El Zarza also report negative impacts on family, community and their socioecosystemic health, as well as impacts to the community’s infrastructure (roads, water system, housing). Furthermore, the processes of subtle dispossession or induced migration (displacement resulting from development) are gaining strength with the closure of more community schools. In 2015, schools in the communities of Santa Lucia, La Libertad, and Jardin de Condor were shut down. To date, two communities have been disappeared – the community of San Antonio in 2012 and El Playon in 2015. In this context, the present study draws on the fields of collective health and political ecology to posit two fundamental processes: on one hand, the reclaiming of collective memory as an option to strengthen community organizing in communities threatened by the extractive industry; on the other hand, the implementation of a rigorous participatory community monitoring process as a scientific and political tool to systematize, condemn, and increase the visibility of the impacts with regards to the territory, family and community health, psychosocial harm, and infringement on rights. The overall purpose is to strengthen processes for the enforcement of the right to holistic reparations from, with, and for the community. 2019-02-28T14:36:39Z 2019-02-28T14:36:39Z 2019-01-17 info:eu-repo/semantics/article Soliz, Fernanda. "The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas". 17 de enero de 2019. (Acceso 5 de febrero de 2019)_(https://miningwatch.ca/blog/2019/1/17/investigators-study-canadianswedish-mining-project-ecuadoryields- disturbing-results) http://hdl.handle.net/10644/6489 spa info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess 10 p. application/pdf ECUADOR - ZAMORA CHINCHIPE Ottawa, Canadá: Mining Watch info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion reponame:UASB instname:Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar
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The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas
MINERÍA
SALUD PÚBLICA
PARTICIPACIÓN COMUNITARIA
MEMORIA COLECTIVA
LARGE-SCALE MINING
COLLECTIVE HEALTH
author-letter Soliz Torres, María Fernanda
author2 Yépez Fuentes, Milena Alía
Sacher Freslon, William
author2Str Yépez Fuentes, Milena Alía
Sacher Freslon, William
title The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas
title_short The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas
title_full The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas
title_fullStr The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas
title_full_unstemmed The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas
title_sort The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas
publisher Ottawa, Canadá: Mining Watch
topic MINERÍA
SALUD PÚBLICA
PARTICIPACIÓN COMUNITARIA
MEMORIA COLECTIVA
LARGE-SCALE MINING
COLLECTIVE HEALTH
topic_facet MINERÍA
SALUD PÚBLICA
PARTICIPACIÓN COMUNITARIA
MEMORIA COLECTIVA
LARGE-SCALE MINING
COLLECTIVE HEALTH
description Since the exploitation agreement for the large-scale mining project Fruta del Norte (FDN) between the Ecuadorian government and Swedish-Canadian Lundin Gold was signed in December 2016, construction work has intensified at the mine site, impacting surrounding communities in a number of ways. This study focuses on the community of El Zarza, which is closest to the project. Beyond the disenchantment elicited by the laundry list of unfulfilled promises about employment and financial benefits, families in the community of El Zarza also report negative impacts on family, community and their socioecosystemic health, as well as impacts to the community’s infrastructure (roads, water system, housing). Furthermore, the processes of subtle dispossession or induced migration (displacement resulting from development) are gaining strength with the closure of more community schools. In 2015, schools in the communities of Santa Lucia, La Libertad, and Jardin de Condor were shut down. To date, two communities have been disappeared – the community of San Antonio in 2012 and El Playon in 2015. In this context, the present study draws on the fields of collective health and political ecology to posit two fundamental processes: on one hand, the reclaiming of collective memory as an option to strengthen community organizing in communities threatened by the extractive industry; on the other hand, the implementation of a rigorous participatory community monitoring process as a scientific and political tool to systematize, condemn, and increase the visibility of the impacts with regards to the territory, family and community health, psychosocial harm, and infringement on rights. The overall purpose is to strengthen processes for the enforcement of the right to holistic reparations from, with, and for the community.
publishDate 2019
identifier Soliz, Fernanda. "The Significance of Memory and Monitoring: Resistances from the Valle de las Luciernagas". 17 de enero de 2019. (Acceso 5 de febrero de 2019)_(https://miningwatch.ca/blog/2019/1/17/investigators-study-canadianswedish-mining-project-ecuadoryields- disturbing-results)
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