In Amazonian gold rush, enforcement is elusive

Peru 2009

By Francine Uenuma

December 14, 2009

Appeared on washingtonpost.com

The price of gold has drawn miners to Madre de Dios, a department of southeastern Peru. But deforestation and use of mercury in the mining have created and environmental hazard for the surrounding rainforest. The Peruvian government is trying to crack down, but enforcement is difficult in the vast jungle of the Amazon. (Francine Uenuma/The Washington Post, photos by Lauren Keane/The Washington Post)

Francine Izumi Uenuma is the senior news video editor with The Washington Post Digital and Lauren Keane is the investigative projects web editor for the The Washington Post. Keane and Uenuma traveled to Peru on an IRP Gatekeepers trip organized by the International Reporting Project.