Research shows illegal mining in Brazil on the rise
A scientific report released Monday by the organization MapBiomas showed that 65% of mining activities carried out in the Brazilian Amazon basin were not legal.
MapBiomas also reported illegal mining in Brazil had grown 495% between 2010 and 2020.
Garimpo is the technical word in Portuguese for artisanal mining and the labourers who performed it are known as garimpeiros. The activity has increased fivefold in indigenous lands and 301%in conservation areas, according to MapBiomas.