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Protesting Indigenous Reach Agreement with Panama Government Over Mining and Hydroelectric

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After several meetings at Panama’s National Assembly and mediation with the United Nations, protesting indigenous people and government officials have reached an agreement which provides for the cancellation of concessions granted for mining in ethnic territory. Similarly, any future applications for hydroelectric projects in the indigenous areas must receive approval of the authorities of the full Congress General Ngobe-Bugle.

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Original Article Text From La Estrella via Google Translate :

Ngöbes and government reach agreement on Article 5
After several days of meetings in the National Assembly and then the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), in the city of knowledge, indigenous and the government managed to agree on Article 5 of Bill 415, which provides a special regime for the protection of water resources, environmental and minerals in the region.

The agreement reached last night,-which will be taken to the National Assembly and presented to the Committee on Trade and Economic Affairs, states that the Article 5 provides for the cancellation of concessions granted to mining natural or legal persons. Similarly, the future applications for hydroelectric projects in the county areas and must have attached the approval of the authorities of the full Congress General Ngobe-Bugle.

Also established that the indigenous people of this community receive 5% of annual turnover of the projects undertaken, which should also have about 25% of its unskilled personnel to inhabitants Ngöbes and / or farmers. On the other hand, it was announced that the draft Barro Blanco, will continue to be discussed between the parties, because there is still the process of reviewing the environmental impact study.

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