A report by the Personality of Cali states that “a worrying development for the proliferation of illegal mining in the area of PNN Farallones de Cali persists” and notes that this activity has affected at least 252 hectares of wilderness area and high Andean forest.
In these areas has been destroyed topsoil for settlement camps, affecting wildlife and pouring sewage into water sources.
The two committees were formed by PNN staff Farallones, the Third Brigade, High Mountain Battalion No. 3, Cali Metropolitan Police and the police command.
According to the general Hoover Penilla, commander of the Cali Metropolitan Police, said that in the course of the authorities were found some evidence of illegal mining and found some people but ruled that criminal gangs are linked to illegal logging in the area.
He added that it is craft workers at the work-intensive, natural resources are affecting the Farallones. It is a large area whose conservation is vital to supply water to Cali. This gives rise to six of the seven rivers that cross the city, vital for its environmental and landscape supply.
Given the situation, the Personeria urged the Autonomous Valley Corporation (CVC) “to give effect to the obligations arising from court ruling that warns the entity to conduct monitoring water source areas in order to identify the presence heavy metals that could endanger the health of the population. ” Continue reading