Projects in Chile

... the "Caravan of Life" is moving on.

La Serena, Landau, March 19, 2022.

In the legal dispute whether the rejection of the "Dominga Project" due to insufficient consideration of the conditions of a sensitive ecosystem was legitimate, the 3rd Chamber of the Corte Suprema wanted to avoid a judgement and initiated a settlement. The first hearings took place at the end of November last year and were to be continued on March 16 (see also article "Would you mind 10 percent more destruction").

Open letter to President Sebastián Piñera

and Environment Minister Javier Naranjo for establishing an AMCP MU behind the backs of the population

La Serena 31 January 2022

On 22 December 2021, the Ministerial Council for Sustainability (CMS) decided to designate a marine protected area "Humboldt Archipelago" with multiple uses, AMCP-MU, whose area is divided and without designating any use restrictions for the zone. Confronted with this decision, we, organisations of local fishermen, communities of the indigenous Chango people, rural drinking water committees, tourism groups, olive producers and environmental organisations from the municipalities of La Higuera and Freirina (Chañaral de Aceituno), address the President of the Republic and the Minister of Environment and demand the annulment of this vote.

Governors Call Fragmented Marine Protection Zone "inappropriate."

On 22 December, the Council of Ministers for Sustainability approved the creation of a protection zone in the Humboldt Archipelago Marine Area. Thus, after the Corte Suprema's insistence on a comparison in the matter of the "Dominga" port of loading, the fight for the rescue of the valuable ecosystem continues to escalate (see also. Can it be 10 percent more destruction?

Can it be 10 percent more destruction?

- Corte Suprema sets date for comparison -

Landau, Santiago 5 December 2021.

On 29 and 30 November, hearings on the Dominga mining and port project took place before the 3rd Chamber of the Chilean Supreme Court (Corte Suprema). The hearing was broadcast live.


It is difficult in the infinitely long Dominga cycle to keep an eye on what it is all about:

First images of the "Research for Survival" project

Landau November 28, 2021.

The research work in Chile has started (1). The group around Dr. Guillermo Luna (Universidad de Coquimbo), which is conducting the monitoring, has marked 80 nests on the Choros Islands and 40 nests in Chañaral and is documenting breeding activity in the nests.

Education and outreach activities are being expanded.

Landau, 25 November 2021.

The last 2 years have been very turbulent in Chile. In October 2019, millions of Chileans protested against social inequality and demanded a new constitution. The mass protests led to a referendum and elections of deputies for a constituent assembly. Presidential elections were held in Chile last weekend. A new parliament and parts of the senate were also elected. The election of the new president will be decided in a run-off on 19 December. Chile is undergoing a political and social upheaval with an uncertain outcome. This also applies to the impact on the protection of the environment and nature.

"Dominga" the big deceit - World Natural Heritage as an object of speculation

Landau September 15, 2021.

This article is based on the article "Dominga, el Gran Engaño: ex Jefe de la Unidad de Geología de CMP afirma que Proyecto No es Viable Económicamente" in the online journal "Vocería virtual" (1). The article focuses on the aspects "quality of ore deposits", "production costs" and "history of the Dominga mine". Along these keywords, the interview of the Chilean journalist Lucía Escobar with the geologist Mario Rojo Lara is summarized.

No to ecocide - #NoaDominga

La Serena 15th of August 2021.

On Wednesday, 11th of August 2021, the Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment (COEVA) of the Coquimbo region approved - to the astonishment of the whole country - in an extraordinary session, with 11 votes in favor and one against, the mining and port project Dominga of the company Andes Iron. This is despite the fact that four civil society organizations have appealed to the Corte Suprema (Supreme Court) against the ruling issued in this matter by the Antofagasta Environmental Court in April of this year. The Supreme Court's decision is still pending. This is the first time that this commission has approved a project without waiting for the decision of the Corte Suprema.

Research for survival

Landau, June 4, 2021

How many Humboldt penguins are left in Chile? Do they breed successfully? Where do they find enough food? These are open questions that are crucial for the survival of this penguin species.


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