Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Reader 1

William Ascher


The Peruvian Amazon has been a site of environmental degradation, illegal activity, and disregard for Indigenous communities who have resided there for generations. Due to a reliance on the hydrocarbon mining industry, the Peruvian government has historically exploited the Amazon for export-driven profit. As a result, local issues like land titling and mining concessions are not met with effective policies, which materialize into an accumulation of deforestation and mercury poisoning in the Amazon. Artisanal and small-scale mining play a significant role in the economic sector of Madre De Dios, but also contribute to harmful mining practices in the region. To best combat the deterioration of the Amazon, there must be efforts to make formalization more accessible to foster more sustainable mining. The ultimate goal, however, would be to resist and restructure the current political, economic, and social sphere capitalizing off of Indigenous exploitation.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.