Chile Protect Rare Humboldt Penguins From Extinction

In an uncommon victory for the environment, and penguins, the Chilean government has stopped a hugely controversial mining mega-project that was set to cause destruction with the region's living space and natural life, particularly especially its gorgeous Humboldt penguins.

The Dominga Project is a proposed $2.5 billion copper and iron mineral open mining venture that the Chilean mining organization Andes Iron wanted to construct in the Coquimbo region of central Chile. Due to its size, the task would likewise include the construction of a new sea port along with other huge infrastructure changes to the area.

after ongoing controversy and insufficient evidence of environmental guarantees, influential political authorities from Chile's Ministers' Committee have rejected the plans following a delayed assessment period.

Environmentalists railed against the project due to its proximity to the Humboldt Penguin Reserve, located a short distance off the coast of mainland Coquimbo.

This reserve is also well-known for its bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, humpback whales, sperm whales, sea lions, albatross, and many species of fish.
This nature reserve is also a hugely important breeding site for the Humboldt penguin, a species of seabird only found on the coast of Chile and Peru that is vulnerable to extinction.

NGO who campaigned against the project, said in a Facebook post. “The Committee of Ministers decided to reject the mining-Port project Dominga due to a lack of information and shortcomings in mitigating and repairing damage to the environment.”

Regardless, the future of the Humboldt penguins and Chile's other coastal wildlife now seems a little bit brighter.