Deal #741

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Corocoro, Bolivia

Target country
Bolivia
Comment on location
altiplano, Corocoro

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2013] 2700
Comment on land area
The surface corresponds to the copper exploitation (in exploiration phase) in the municipality of Corocoro, deparment of La Paz. This surface covers various community's territories, which are part of the Jach´a Suyu Pakajaqi's territory, ancestral political entity now in "reconstitution", conformed by 11 "markas" (groupings of communities).

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Mining
Comment on intention of investment
Copper

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Exploitation permit / license / concession (for mineral resources)

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2008] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Phase of exploration and production planned for 2013 (the company asked for an extension of exploration phase). The copper mine has resulted ten times bigger than originally thought. Kores plans to produce 30,000 tons a year of copper cathode, giving the mine a useful life of around 18 years. The mine also contains manganese, silver and indium, which makes it even more beneficiable. Although state (part of the project) gave environmental and social licences, indigenous authorities denounced serious ecological damages (diversion of water course and chemical contamination) caused by the mine even before the start of exploitation.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2013] Startup phase (no production)
Comment on implementation status
Phase of exploration and production planned for 2013 (the company asked for an extension of exploration phase). The copper mine has resulted ten times bigger than originally thought. Kores plans to produce 30,000 tons a year of copper cathode, giving the mine a useful life of around 18 years. The mine also contains manganese, silver and indium, which makes it even more beneficiable. Although state (part of the project) gave environmental and social licences, indigenous authorities denounced serious ecological damages (diversion of water course and chemical contamination) caused by the mine even before the start of exploitation.

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
Minera Corocobre is the subsidiary of South Korea’s Korea Resources Corporation (Kores) working in partnership with Bolivia’s state mining firm Comibol.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2010-01-01
Comment on data source
"La nacionalización de los hidrocarburos en Bolivia: ¿Una empresa atractiva para las transnacionales? Empresas Transnacionales y Resistencias", by: Pablo Villegas N. (CEDIB), Miércoles, 13 de enero de 2010, in: Revista Pueblos

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2011-01-01

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2011-01-01

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2011-06-30
Comment on data source
Mine impact in Jach’a Suyu Pakajaqi zone

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #9

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #10

Data source type
Media report
File

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection
Comment on community reaction
People Jach’a Suyu Pakajaqi zone is claiming for the consultation process (consulta previa) and the enviromental studies

Displacement of people

Comment on displacement of people
there are some zones of the Jach’a Suyu Pakajaqi territory involve in the exploration zone.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Private (smallholders)
Community

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Pastoralism

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Shrub land/Grassland (Rangeland)

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Resources area
Copper

Use of produce

Has export
Yes

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes

Source of water extraction

Source of water extraction
Groundwater

How much water is extracted?

Comment on how much water is extracted
BOL

Overall comment

Overall comment
Import of error check - Reviewer's overview comment: This case is linked to the problematic of previous consult to local populations (respecting their own organization) before establishing a mining or industrial projects in general on their territory. For indigenous people, this right to consultation is codified by the OIT 169 Convention, which were translated in a bolivian national law in 1991 and then incorporated in the new Constitution in 2008. In this case, the Evo Morales' govnerment's mining Ministry didn't respect the consult procedures, despite Senate's appeal.

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