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Fertilizer giant Yara has sold the disputed phosphate project in protexted Atlantic rainforest in Brazil, which Norwatch visited last year.
Six hundred metres above the village of São Paulo Dos Pinheiros, Yara is planning to construct a 56-metre-high dam. The closest neighbour, Yolanda Schütter Back, is afraid that a flood wave will come tumbling down over her house.
Preserved forest and endangered plant and animal species must give way if Yara obtains approval for plans to extract phosphate in Brazil.

Yara is planning phosphate production in a protected rain forest area in Brazil. But three legal decisions have so far stopped the company’s environmental authorisation. On November 24th Yara’s Brazilian joint-venture company lodged an appeal.

Intex Resources has received environmental authorisation for its nickel project on Mindoro. The central authorities on the Philippines have thereby run over the local authorities, which are strongly opposed to the mining project. A large-scale hunger strike is now planned to be staged in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The company AngloGold Ashanti – in which the Norwegian Government’s pension fund has invested money - is now starting their own investigations to establish whether the heavy metal damages in Nyakabale village in Tanzania is due to their operations. The company said to Norwatch that they will also consider tidying up the health threats no matter who is to blame of the conditions.
AngloGold Ashanti claims not responsible for causing any environmental damage in the Geita gold mine in Tanzania, and says that possible high levels of heavy metals could be due to mining activities during colonial times.
Three years after 52 mine workers are supposed to have been buried alive in a gold mine area in Tanzania, the Norwegian contractor Noremco was assigned the task of participating in the construction of the controversial mine works on the area that had been brutally cleared. Noremco says its role in the mine was limited.
In the vicinity of the Geita mine in Tanzania the local population is starting to become aware of the consequences of the gold industry. Their food plants contain up to 9000 times the maximum limit for heavy metals. The mine is operated by AngloGold Ashanti, partly owned by the Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global. Norwegian contractors who have participated in the construction, say their role have been of a very limited nature.
Intex Resources has changed strategy and is now carrying out an information campaign towards the population on Mindoro. In this manner it intends to prevent local opposition from spoiling its project plans.
The Alangan forest people on the Philippine island of Mindoro are frightened. The sound of test drilling can be heard several places in the jungle they are dependent on. The land they have inherited from their ancestors is threatened by Norwegian mining operations. They fear that the forest god Kapwambulod will be disturbed and turn against them.
Local authorities are preparing court action to stop the nickel projects planned by Crew Minerals ASA on the Philippine island of Mindoro. The partly Norwegian-owned Crew Minerals also lacks approval from an extremely critically disposed indigenous population in the area of operation.