McGill Research Group Investigating
Canadian Mining in Latin America

Camp Caiman

Key Data

Company:Iamgold Operational status:suspended 2008 Materials extracted:gold Type of mine:open pit Main issues:indigenous rights, biodiversity


Synopsis: In 2008 the French Government cancelled the Camp Caiman project amidst local and international worries that gold exploitation in French Guiana’s pristine rainforest would threaten ecosystems and indigenous communities dependent upon them. IAMGOLD initiated litigation against the French Government in 2009, challenging the ‘improper denial’ of its mining permit.