Suriname: Alcoa & Newmont threaten mining on vulnerable Nassau Plateau rainforest

In a resolution issued last week, the Association for Tropical Biology
and Conservation (ATBC) warned that mining on the Nassau Plateau, a
400-square-kilometer area of unprotected rainforest, would destroy
habitats that support rare and endemic species — including several
newly discovered species (catfish, frogs, and a stunning purple toad).
Mining operations would further encourage the influx of wildcat gold
miners in the area, increasing environmental damage and putting
pressure on wildlife, the resolution said.

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“The Nassau Plateau is in the southern portion of the area projected
to be exploited by the massive Merian Gold Project, a venture of
Surgold (Suriname Gold Company) managed by Newmont Oversees
Exploration, a subsidiary of the USA-based Newmont Mining Corporation
and Alcoa Worldwide Alumina,” stated the resolution, notinh that while
Alcoa originally back off plans to fine the area, it is now showing
renewed interest.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation respectfully requests that the Government of the Republic of Suriname and Alcoa Corporation to urgently take necessary steps to protect the unique natural heritage of Nassau Plateau, including: Halting all activities directed toward establishment of a bauxite mine in Nassau Plateau;

and Instituting a ban on large- and small-scale mining of gold and bauxite from Nassau Plateau and its immediate surroundings; and Taking active measures to protect the watershed of Paramaka Creek; and Designating the Nassau Plateau area as a National Protected Area and establishing guidelines
for management of its natural resources; and Encouraging scientists at
Anton de Kom University to establish a long-term monitoring project
for endangered species in the Nassau area, and to explore the site for
new species;

and Establishing educational programs to inform the Suriname public, particularly those in Paramaribo, about the importance of protecting natural habitats and watersheds for their continued health, recreation, and national heritage.

With members in over 70 countries, ATBC is the world’s largest scientific organization devoted to the study and protection of tropical ecosystems.

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Comments (2)

Mangal ShekiliaApril 15th, 2009 at 5:15 am

Mangal, Shekilia. V
Livorno Beekhuizen weg 139

Paramaribo, 30 maart 2009

T.a.v.: Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname NV
Dr ir h s adhinstraat 21
PO Box 4069

Betreft: Sollicitatie

Geachte heer/mevrouw;

Ik richt dit schrijven tot u om te solliciteren naar een baan binnen uw organisatie.
In 2008 behaalde ik bij het Natuurtechnische Instituut (NATIN) mijn diploma, in de richting Mijnbouw.
Ik heb drie maanden stage gelopen bij de BHP Billiton, afdeling Boren en Schieten.
Verder heb ik mijn afstudeerproject voor drie maanden gedaan bij Grassalco nv te Benzdorp.
Daar heb ik enige ervaring kunnen opdoen bij de kleinschalige goudwinning en bij de BHP Billiton heb ik ervaring kunnen opdoen met de boor- en schietmethoden.

Tot slot verwijs ik u naar mjin Curriculum Vitae die ingesloten is bij deze brief.

In de hoop dat deze brief aanleiding voor u zal zijn mij uit te nodigen voor een nadere kennismaking verblijf ik.

Met vriendelijke groet,



Curriculum Vitae

Naam: Mangal
Voornamen: Shekilia Vyanti
Adres: Livorno Beekhuizen weg 139
Woonplaats: Paramaribo
Telefoonnummer: 487903
Mobiel: 8513033
Geboortedatum en geboorteplaats: 17 sepember 1980 te Paramaribo
Nationaliteit: Surinaamse
Burgerlijke staat: ongehuwd
Geslacht: vrouwlijk

– M.U.L.O., A.R. Leeuwinschool, diploma behaald in 2000
– L.T.S., C-Niveau, diploma behaald in 2001
– N.A.T.I.N., richting Mijnbouw, diploma behaald in2008

Ervaringen: Periode Mei – Juli 2007: stage gelopen bji de BHP Billiton
Periode Mei-Juli 2008: afstudeerproject gedaan bij Grassalco NV

– Oedai, N. Bsc., stage docent
NATIN, Mr Jagernath Lachmonstraat 123
– Narain, D.Bsc., veldbegeleidster van Grassalco NV, Industrieweg 8

Mangal ShekiliaApril 15th, 2009 at 1:56 pm


T.a.v: New Month Overseas Exploration LTD
Suriname straat 54
Paramaribo, Suriname

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