Jimmy Carrillo Saavedra, Carmen Heck

Organisation and country:

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA - Peruvian Society for Environmental Development), Peru


This infographic summarises some of the most important results from six research projects around the expansion of illegal mining. Those studies were made in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The studies demonstrate the serious threat that these activities pose to the health of the Amazonian population and to areas specifically dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. 

The elements analysed across the six countries are: the expansion of illegal mining activities in protected natural areas, the uncontrolled use of harmful chemicals (mercury and cyanide) with serious implications for the health of the population, and increasing instances of child labour, forced labour, trafficking and exploitation.

Also, the infographic visualises the economic activity generated by this movement, expressed in the percentage of illegal gold production as part of the national production of each country.

The studies were conducted in the framework of the alliance between SPDA, Avina and Skoll, add to the effort of understanding of potential methods for addressing such a complex reality in the following years.

Communication strategy:

This infographic is part of a larger research that analyses the state of illegal mining in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The infographic was part of an outreach strategy, which also included the presentation of a book with the investigations. Also included a media and a social networks strategy to spread and generate debate on this topic.