November 27, 2022

Honduras on Friday clarified that present open-pit mining contracts stay in impact, after President Xiomara Castro stated she was banning the follow.

Castro on March 1 introduced the ban within the Central American nation declaring the mining model dangerous to the atmosphere and to individuals.

Honduran President Xiomara Castro, pictured in Tegucigalpa February 25, 2022, has clarified her stand on open-pit mines Photograph: AFP / Orlando SIERRA

The transfer was met with pleasure by rights defenders and environmentalists however introduced uncertainty to the trade.

Pure Assets and Surroundings Minister Fortunate Medina instructed AFP Friday that enormous mining corporations that use floor mining will probably be allowed to proceed their actions in Honduras underneath “strict surveillance” till their permits expire.

That features gold mines operated by multinational Aura Minerals in San Andres within the west of the nation and iron oxide mines in Tocoa within the northeast.

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