Projects

Source International is currently involved in 21 projects in 11 countries on five continents. See below for some examples of our major accomplishments:

Honduras
In 2006, Flaviano Bianchini and Dr. Almendarez Bonilla published two studies on the environmental and health impacts of the San Martin mine operations in the Siria Valley. The Supreme Court of Honduras cited the studies and announced that 13 articles of Honduras’ mining law were in violation of the human right to health. With this announcement, the Honduran parliament revised the national law to be more considerate of human rights and the environment. Watch this video to learn more. Goldcorp's San Martin Mine in the Siria Valley

Guatemala
In 2006, Flaviano Bianchini published a study about the pollution caused by the mining company Gold Corp at the Marlin Mine. The study provided one of the major pieces of evidence for the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights enacted in 2010, which adopted precautionary measures that ordered Guatemala to require the company to improve the safety of their extractive operations. (PM 260-07)
Peru
In 2008, Flaviano Bianchini presented the preliminary results of an environmental and health impacts study related to the mining company Volcan in Cerro de Pasco, Peru. The study showed high concentrations of pollutants in surrounding rivers (up to 1000x the limits) and that 100% of the population should be urgently hospitalized due to the presence of heavy metals in their blood. The study was instrumental in the local government’s push for the adoption of Law 29293, which supported relocation of the town.In 2011, Flaviano designed a community-based pollution monitoring system to track oil extraction in the indigenous communities of Canaán de Cachiyacu and Nuevo Sucre in the Amazon forest. In one study, he found that the median age of death in both communities was 28 years (less than half of the national average) and that gastrointestinal diseases were 17 times the regional average. The communities continued to use the tools to monitor pollution levels and were able to use the data to obtain monetary compensation from Maple Gas Corporation for the damages and receieved a new water source; this has reduced the occurence gastrointestinal diseases by 50 percent.In 2013, Source International performed a study in the Pastaza area of the Amazon forest that found evidence of pollution and negative health impacts from oil extraction. With this information, the national government declared a “state of environmental emergency” (Ministerial Resolution N° 094-2013-MINAM) and developed a cleaning plan with the regional government and oil companies.
Mexico
In 2013, Source worked with the community of Carrizalillo, Guerrero, to set up a community-based social and environmental monitoring system. The data collected demonstrated water and air pollution linkages to health problems. In addition, Source International facilitated negotiations between the community and the mining company, which led to an agreement for the mining company to provide about $10 million in compensation for environmental damages. Mexico
Italy
Since its founding, Source International has worked in Italian schools to generate awareness about the impact of extractive industries on the environment and public health. During the 2013-14 school year, we conducted a project in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Pisa called “Minerals and Mines,” which included school visits to teach students about the minerals used in phones and the impact of mineral extraction on the environment and public health. Source is also involved in the GREEEN Network, a European network supported by the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Commission that works with a secondary school in Val Basento in southern Italy to implement a school-based environmental and social monitoring system for oil extraction.

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