International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Sustainable Development in the Amazon: The Curse of Abundance and Large-Scale Mining
Sérgio Ricardo Siani, Samuel Carvalho De Benedicto, Josias Jacintho Bittencourt

The present work aims to understand the contribution of large-scale mining to the sustainable development of the Amazon, without the intention of exhausting the subject, so complex by its nature. In the light of theorists such as Celso Furtado, Alberto Acosta, Georgescu-Roegen, Ignacy Sachs and other great authors, it was discussed what is being made in the Amazon in relation to their natural goods, especially minerals. To do so, it was necessary to interview eight mining specialists, in its most diverse areas. For this, semi-structured interviews were used. It was concluded that: 1) There is no sustainable development, only economic growth, 2) The need for state interference to solve conflict between mining farmers and the encumbered land, 3) And the need to discuss environmental legislation, since small prospectors are unable to compete with large mining companies.

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