The first country to ban metal mining- El Salvador

El salvador, the smallest country in Cental America has approved a law to ban the Metal mining in the country. It is the first country in the world to completely ban the metal mining. It was a decision made to protect environment and curb climate change.
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All the exploration, extraction, and the processing of the metals both in open pits and mines are to be ceased as enjoined by the law. El salvador has a population of about 6 million people.
“It’s a historic day in El Salvador. It’s a historic day for the whole world,”, Environment Minister Lina Pohl told reporters after a vote in Congress, as quoted by the Financial Times.
“This is a brave step, an extraordinary step, and an enormous step toward reversing the environmental degradation in this country,” she added.
“Mining is an industry whose primary and first victim is water. We are talking about an issue that is a life-or-death issue for the country,” said AndrĂ©s McKinley, a mining and water specialist at Central American University in San Salvador, as quoted by the New York Times.
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