Calls for investigation of Dakar Rally
Environmentalist organizations from Chile, Peru and Argentina are requesting their governments launch an investigation into the environmental and cultural damages caused by this year’s race and the overall legality of the event.
Dr. Raúl Montenegro, President of FUNAM, says: “As more vehicles are involved, the travel is more extensive, the width of the routes is greater, the numbers of spectators are greater, and social and environmental impacts are greater. The competition is regarded as iconic to deserts, which are extremely fragile environments. The impact is significant and direct to the human life and biodiversity, but also on historical, archaeological and palaeontological heritage.”