One hundred per cent of the Tuichi River, which located inside the Madidi National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area, and which is part of the Uchupiamona Communal Land of Origin (TCO), has been gridded by the Mining Administrative Jurisdictional Authority (AJAM) for gold mining in one of the most biodiverse protected areas on the planet.
Cochabamba has the lowest mining revenues in the country. In 2020 it generated only 2 per cent of the 914 million bolivianos obtained at the national level. According to the government, this situation is especially prevalent in gold mining, as it estimates that more than 70 per cent of the mineral extracted does not pay royalties or does so in another department.
Bolivia imports 200 tons of mercury due to the low tariff rate of less than 4%, neighbouring countries, Brazil, Chile and Peru, no more extended import because importing this mineral is prohibited. This fact happens even though the country signed the Minamata Convention in 2016.
Chapare: five companies and state works that cost $1.03 bn are not used. The public companies paralyzed are the Urea and Ammonia Industrialization Plant, which had an investment of $953 million ($6. 632.88 million bolivianos) and suspended operations in November 2019; Empresa de Papeles de Bolivia (Papelbol) which meant an investment of 162.4 million bolivianos ($23.3 mn)and has not been operating since 2020; and Ebococa, which cost 11.2 million bolivianos ($1.6 mn) and paralyzed since 2014.