Cuba is closing its mining operations in Peru, which will leave a total of 4,000 miners stranded, according to a statement from the mining company.
The company said that due to the effects of climate change, the company has decided to close down its mines by June, and it will focus on the development of its mines on the border with Ecuador.
“It is important to note that we have no plans to move the mines back to Peru,” the statement reads.
The Cuba mine, located in the country’s northwest, is the third mine to close in Peru.
Last year, the Colombian company, Caballero Bajo, shut down its operations in the province of Campeche, and the same year, Argentina shut down the Peruvian mines in the central state of San Cristobal, citing the same threat.
The decision to shut down operations in Ecuador follows the announcement by Ecuador’s environment ministry that the country would begin removing carbon dioxide emissions from its national parks, according the Agencia Agrario, an environmental advocacy group in the Central American country.
The closure of Cuba mines comes as the region continues to face increased heat waves and rising sea levels, which threaten the survival of several communities in the region, according a report by the World Bank and UNDP.
According to the report, many communities rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and food security, while others rely on tourism and fishing.