Impact of the Informal Mining in the Peruvian Amazon basin

Madre de Dios, situated in the Amazon rainforest, is known as the Peruvian Capital of Biodiversity; however, several areas of the region have been devastated due to informal gold mining. This growing activity is not only causing a very significant environmental impact, such as air and water mercury pollution and deforestation, but it is also leading to a growth in prostitution, human trafficking, corruption, and child labor.

In this two-week program, students will get to explore the issue of informal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon basin. First, in Lima, students will be introduced to central themes: native communities, extractive activities, and their social, economic, and environmental impact. Later, in Puerto Maldonado, activities are mainly focused on fieldwork and lectures about mercury contamination and hydrobiology analysis. Back in Lima, students will work in groups to develop a solution for the problem.

 

Overview

Important Dates

Courses

Fees

Overview

Module I (Lima): The program begins with a series of talks and workshops that introduce different factors of informal mining in the region. These talks will be conducted at UTEC, in Lima.

Module II (Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios): During a five-day field trip to the Amazon rainforest, students will analyze the social, environmental, and economic impact of informal gold mining in Madre de Dios. Activities include a visit to a local market, water sampling, a visit to fluvial mining operations and a reforestation project. At the end of the field trip, students will have an intercultural session with native community, take guided walks in the rainforest, and visit a birding canopy.

Module III (Lima): Interdisciplinary groups will work together to define a specific problem related to the economic activity of informal gold mining. Then, they will develop a solution to assess the problem. A visit to the Pachacamac archeological ruins is included in the program as well.

  • 48 hours (2 weeks)
  • 3 UTEC credits

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: April 3, 2020
  • Program Schedule: June 1 to June 12, 2020
  • Sunday, May 31, 2020 :  Arrive at Jorge Chávez Lima Airport. UTEC will arrange the local transportation to the Hotel
  • Monday, June 1: Classroom sessions at UTEC
  • Tuesday, June 2 – Saturday, June 6: Trip to Puerto Maldonado
  • Monday, June 8 – Thurday, June 11: Classroom sessions at UTEC
  • Friday, June 12 : Visit to the Pachacamac ruins and closing dinner. Depart from lima

Courses

Topics include:

  • Contemporary local communities in the rainforest - ethnic and cultural diversity and the main economic activities and challenges
  • Environmental impact of extractive activities
  • Importance of mining in Peruvian economy at the local and regional scale
  • Hydrodynamics of rivers in the rainforest and how this affects the transport of pollutants
  • Mercury Contamination
  • Hydrobiology Analysis: Hydro-biological methods to determine water contamination.

The program will be conducted entirely in English. Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Fees

  • Confirmation Fee: USD 150.00 (non-refundable)
  • Program Fee: USD 3,000.00
  • Program Fee includes tuition, accommodation in a double occupancy room, training materials, cultural activities, use of university facilities, local transportation, and airfares to Puerto Maldonado.
  • Students also need to pay for their international round trip airfare, health insurance, and any required textbook.
  • Important: There is a minimum number of students required to complete the group and open the program

For further information, please contact our office at international@utec.edu.pe