Territorial defence against extractivism in the Íntag Valley

The Íntag Valley is part of two very important biological zones: the tropical Andes and the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena area. Conflicts between the State and local communities arise from the extractive activities at the copper and molybdenum reserve in the valley, which are incompatible with the livelihoods of local inhabitants. Residents do not wish to stop working on the land, and they have strengthened alternative economic initiatives focused on improving and expanding their farming production. They have consolidated mechanisms of resistance to the advancement of extractivism in the Íntag Valley.

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