Mining in Ixtacamaxtitlán

Communities in the Sierra Norte de Puebla defend their territory.

The Ixtaca Mining Project, owned by the Canadian firm Almaden Minerals, is located in the municipality of Ixtacamaxtitlán in the Sierra Norte region of Puebla, Mexico. Although this open cut gold and silver mining project is still awaiting the permits to begin the exploitation phase, the negative impacts from the exploration phase have already been felt by communities in the region. According to investigation by specialized technical and scientific teams, the project, if approved, would cause irreparable and serious violations of the rights to water, environment, and health, and would create further conflict over land and water..

Communities in the region have been defending themselves against the mining project for more than ten years. PODER has accompanied them in this struggle since 2014, and we have supported community defense strategies, primarily through strategic research.

Together with the Unión de Ejidos y Comunidades en Defensa de la Tierra, el Agua y la Vida, Atcolhua, and the organizations Cesder and Imdec, we conducted the first Human Rights Impact Assessment, with the participation of communities, and drew significant conclusions about the company’s opacity and lack of accountability. Additionally, other ally organizations like Fundar and the Consejo Tiyat Tlali have documented violations to the right to free, prior and informed consultation..

In recent months, the various SCOs that have been assisting in this project have seen an increase in persecution and harassment of human rights defenders who oppose the project in the municipality and the region.

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Observaciones a la Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental (MIA) del Proyecto Ixtaca

  Abril 6, 2020

Documento con comentarios y observaciones al proyecto minero de Almaden Minerals.

¿Tú le crees a Almaden Minerals?

Marzo, 2019

Paquete de infografías.

Minería canadiense y su impacto en los derechos humanos en Puebla

Marzo 27, 2017

Evaluación de Impacto en Derechos Humanos.

Mapa: impacto por ruido

  Marzo 27, 2017

Área de impacto por ruido del Proyecto Minero Ixtaca.