• Home
  • Articles
  • Rio Tinto in Madagascar: A mine destroying the unique biodiversity of the littoral zone of Fort Dauphin

Rio Tinto in Madagascar: A mine destroying the unique biodiversity of the littoral zone of Fort Dauphin

  • 4

Article-Rio-Tinto-biodiversity-coverRepresentatives from the world’s most notorious mining companies are meeting at the ‘Responsible Extractives Summit’ in London, England, on 21 and 22 June.

The World Rainforest Movement and Re:Common are joining London Mining Network in exposing the environmental destruction and human rights violations this industry is responsible for with the release of a new article about a biodiversity offset project used by Rio Tinto to greenwash destruction of a rare forest at the company’s ilmenite mine in south-eastern Madagascar.

The article shows how villagers at one of three biodiversity offset locations are left with only the sand dunes to cultivate their staple food, manioc and looks at the role that conservation NGOs and botanical institutions such as Kew and Missouri Botanical Gardens play in greenwashing a mining operation that is destroying a unique coastal forest and local peasant livelihoods to extract 40 years worth of raw material for the production of industrial white paint.


This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication is the sole responsibility of Re:Common and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.



Trackback from your site.

Leave a comment

Re:Common investigations

Video – The Next Step

Poland is among the first countries in Europe for extraction and burning of coal, particularly of lignite, the lowest quality and most polluting form of coal. An environmental disaster for public health and climate.

GODIImenti – An ABC guide on how to resist Devastating, Useless, Imposed Mega Projects


This anthology is the end product of a collective writing workshop project promoted by the association Re:Common and run by Wu Ming 2 between January and June 2014. Read more