To deep-sea divers and conservationists, the circle of islands that surrounds the Savu Sea in eastern Indonesia is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, home to the famed Komodo dragon and to half the whale species on the planet. To mining companies and government officials, the islands represent a cache of gold, copper, manganese and marble, ripe for exploitation and profit. And to the Indigenous Peoples whose livelihoods depend on the bounty of the forests, the sea, and their croplands, it is their life and the home of their ancestors.
With more than 100 mining permits recently issued in a single month, Indigenous communities are fighting to stop the mining and keep their homes and natural resources safe for future generations. They are asking us to bring pressure on the national and provincial governments to halt all mining in East Nusa Tenggara Province in order to conduct an authentic consultation process with local communities affected by current and proposed mines.
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