Rehabilitating Riches

Regional forestry inspectors walk through a rehabilitated gold mine near Terek Sai village in the Chatkal region of Kyrgyzstan. These inspectors assist with ecological control and patrol for unlicensed hunters, illegal miners, and timber harvesters in the region. A contributor to conflicts between communities and international gold companies is the potential for environmental damage. This company and the Ministry of Forestry have rehabilitated more than 70 hectacres of land by planting fruits and other trees in 2009. Local geologists have calculated that there are nearly 100 tons of buried gold in this region.

Photo by Zachary John Krahmer

Regional forestry inspectors walk through a rehabilitated gold mine near Terek Sai village in the Chatkal region of Kyrgyzstan. These inspectors assist with ecological control and patrol for unlicensed hunters, illegal miners, and timber harvesters in the region. A contributor to conflicts between communities and international gold companies is the potential for environmental damage. This company and the Ministry of Forestry have rehabilitated more than 70 hectacres of land by planting fruits and other trees in 2009. Local geologists have calculated that there are nearly 100 tons of buried gold in this region.

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