Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water

Maps of Latin America

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EJ Atlas | Conflict and Harm at Pan American Silver's Projects in Latin America
This map illustrates conflicts and harms associated with eight mining projects, from Mexico to Argentina, owned by Pan American Silver. In contrast to its discourse over sustainable and responsible mining, these conflicts demonstrate a lack of respect for communities defending their territories from mining. The company is profiting in areas where surrounding communities have faced militarization, criminalization, violence, harassment, and threats. Environmental pollution has been documented at several of its mines, which affect or threaten important water supplies. Labour conflicts have also arisen along with occupational accidents.
EJ Atlas |  Latin American Women Weaving Territories
This map shows the effects on women by extractive activities and their role in the construction of alternatives. Only 21 of many cases that are evident in Latin America are included and seeks to disseminate and strengthen women's leadership.
EJ Atlas | Mining Conflicts in Latin America
The extraction of raw materials in Latin American countries has jumped from 2400 million tonnes in 1970 to about 8300 million tonnes in 2009. This extractive boom is particularly significant for metal ores. The mining conflicts featured map presents cases of mining conflicts related to metal ores, industrial minerals and construction materials mining activities. Metal ores present the largest number of reported cases.

EJ Atlas and MiningWatch Canada | Mapping the mining impacts of the energy transition in the Americas
This map makes visible the social and environmental unsustainability and injustice of the energy transition that is currently promoted. With this interactive map we are also publishing a report with 25 cases developed with communities and mobilized groups from the Americas.
Factbook | Mapping Environmental Conflicts and Cooperation
The ECC Factbook synthesises extensive qualitative and quantitative information on more than 120 conflicts with an environmental dimension around the world. Each conflict is presented in a factsheet that can be accessed through a map and/or a plethora of useful filtering categories.

Mining Conflicts in Latin America of the Observatory of Mining Conflicts of Latin America
A web page where information on mining conflicts, the conflict database and a map on criminalization cases in Latin America can be found.

Oilwatch Maps of Latin America
A web page where you can find maps of Latin America.

Mining conflicts, projects, and mining companies in Central America.

Canadian Mining Assets
Canada is home to almost half of the world’s publicly listed mining and exploration companies, which are active across the globe.

Mapping Back
The goal of the MappingBack Network is to provide mapping capacity and support to members of Indigenous communities fighting extractive industries. Mapping has long been used as a tool for colonial dispossession; MappingBack seeks to reverse this by using mapping as a tool to fight back. Our understanding of extractivism is extensive, and ranges from forms of natural resource extraction to the systemic extraction of living entities, such as human beings, animals and plants, from Indigenous territories. Our understanding of mapping capacity and support is also broad and is directly dependent on the skills of the members of this ever-expanding network. At the moment, these skills include Indigenous ways of mapping, geospatial technologies (e.g. Geographic Information Systems, satellite images analysis), web design, participatory mapping experience and the organization of alternative mapping workshops.


Colombian Mining Information System
A web page showing the national production of minerals.

Rios Vivos Movement Maps
Maps related to the Hidroituango dam project.

X-rays of extractivism |
The maps that follow function like an X-ray plate: they help to visualize the extent of extractivism over the mapped territory.


Participatory Cartography to Learn About the Violations of Human Rights and Nature in Ecuador
The Ombudsperson's Office, with the support of the Critical Geography Collective, has begun the construction of a database through a participatory mapping exercise in all the provinces of the country, for which it has had the contribution of members of the councils of defenders and social organizations.

Critical Geography Collective of Ecuador
Geography for Resistance

Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources
Mernnr Geographical Overview

Rainforest Action Group
Mining Concession Maps


Resistance of the Peoples
This material is a working tool for communities, if they wish and it is useful for them to initiate public debate and exchange of information between them. It is not for private, commercial use, much less for defamatory purposes, it is simply the story told by the people and for the struggle of the peoples who seek self-determination. This material is based on public information, community information and has been subject to a validation process by the communities since these are the authors.

Cadastral Map of the Republic
The cadastral map of the Guatemalan Republic according to the Ministry of Energy and Mines.


GeoComunes (Mexico and Central America)
GeoComunes is a collective that works accompanying the towns, communities, neighborhoods, colonies or grassroots organizations that in the struggle for the defense of common goods require the production of maps for analysis and dissemination in order to strengthen from below their collective organization. GeoComunes creates (maps) of conflicts caused by the degradation, privatization and dispossession of common goods as well as the “infrastructure” projects that are built in order to keep capital accumulating. GeoComunes makes visible the strategies of capitalist appropriation of the territory and serves as a technical tool for the organized defense of the common goods that are affected.
CartoCrítica: Research, Maps and Data for Civil Society
A Mexican and independent non-profit civil initiative that promotes transparency and public access to geo-referenced socio-environmental information, in open formats, to achieve the integral management of the territory, respect for human rights and the conservation of the biological and cultural diversity.

Environmental Management of Mexico
The territory must be managed from an integral vision, with full transparency and knowledge of its local inhabitants and of all those interested. In these maps it is possible to know the legal cartography of various legal instruments that configure and determine the territory, as well as socio-environmental context information. It is possible to find information on the conservation of the natural environment, water, urban development, forest management, electrical energy, mining and hydrocarbons, among other topics.

Map of Mining Conflicts in the State of Jalisco | University of Guadalajara
Map created by university students at the University of Guadalajara that shows were mining conflicts and concessions are found in the state of Jalisco.
Ministry of Economy - General Directorate of Mines SIAM
The government of Mexico's maps related to mining in the country.


National Institute of Human Rights | Map of Socio-Environmental Conflicts in Chile
The Map of Socio-Environmental Conflicts in Chile is an NHRI project initiated in 2012. Together with a renewed platform, the updated version is available as of April 2018, which records a total of 116 socio-environmental conflicts in different states (63 assets, 30 latent and 23 closed). Also, it has a repository to consult the 31 disputes that were part of the map in its previous versions and have been archived.


Cajamarca Conflict Observatory
The territorial Observatory is a Geographic Information System (GIS) on the WEB where you can find georeferenced information from the department of Cajamarca. With the SIG WEB, the GRUFIDES Territorial Observatory makes this tool available to learn about mining projects, hydroelectric projects, mining concessions, oil lots, hydroelectric dams, mining environmental liabilities and existing socio-environmental conflicts in the department of Cajamarca.

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