Newly elected Honduras government to ban open-pit mining

Written by on March 2, 2022

The New Government of Honduras has announced that it will ban open-pit mining in the Central American nation.

The government, which was sworn in last month, also said that it would cancel environmental permits for mining operations across the country.

It is not yet clear if the cancellation will apply only to new projects or also to those already operating.

For decades, indigenous groups have complained of legal and illegal mining in their ancestral lands.

Honduras is not the first country in Central America to place limits on mining. In 2002, Costa Rica banned all new open-pit mining projects and El Salvador banned mining for metals in 2017.

Seun Fakorede

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