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Proposed copper and gold mine threatens the world’s ‘second Amazon’ in PNG

Published date: 13-Jun-2022

A proposed copper and gold mine threatens the biologically and culturally diverse Sepik River Basin in western Papua New Guinea, according to community leaders and conservationists. They’ve raised concerns about the impact that potentially toxic waste from the mine would have on the region’s forests and waterways, which are critical to sustaining human, animal and plant life in this region. Proponents of the mine say it would bring jobs, infrastructure and development to the region’s communities.

Today, a renewed campaign to list the Sepik River Basin as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is gaining momentum and would permanently keep projects like the mine at bay, say organizers of the movement.

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