Eye on the Amazon
  • Happy 20th Birthday, Amazon Watch!

    Happy 20th Birthday, Amazon Watch!

    March 11, 2016 – Twenty years ago today, our founder Atossa Soltani stood face to face with Fernando Cardoso, then the president of Brazil. Atossa knew then that while indigenous peoples represent only four percent of the world's population, they are the guardians and stewards of 80 percent of the world's biodiversity. That's why she founded Amazon Watch on March 11th, 1996, to both protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples.

  • Women of the Amazon Defend Their Homeland Against New Oil Contract on International Women's Day

    Women of the Amazon Defend Their Homeland Against New Oil Contract on International Women's Day

    March 8, 2016 – "Women are the main victims [of oil extraction] – their ability to feed their families becomes impaired. There is deterioration of family health and they suffer the division of their communities and other forms of violence," women representatives of the Sapara and Shiwiar Nationalities and the Kichwa Kawsak Sacha and Sarayaku Peoples explained in a collective statement.

  • Stand with Amazonian Women!

    Stand with Amazonian Women!

    March 7, 2016 – Tomorrow on #InternationalWomensDay hundreds of indigenous women from the Ecuadorian Amazon will march to protect nearly a million acres of their rainforest territory from an oil deal that Ecuador recently signed with Chinese state-owned oil company Andes Petroleum.

  • The DiCaprio Factor: Oscar Winner Speaks Out Against Peruvian Oil Spills

    The DiCaprio Factor: Oscar Winner Speaks Out Against Peruvian Oil Spills

    March 2, 2016 – The saga of Peru’s Amazonian oil spills continues, more than a month after the first rupture in Chiriaco. The fight for clean-up and accountability went to a new level on Monday, as Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio spoke out for the cause to his 35 million social media followers.

  • Peru Amazon Oil Disaster Relief Fund To Support Affected Communities

    Peru Amazon Oil Disaster Relief Fund To Support Affected Communities

    February 24, 2016 – Indigenous peoples of Peru's Amazon are responding to the recent spate of oil spills along the Northwestern Peru Pipeline. Primarily, they are pressing the Peruvian government – which runs Petroperu oil company responsible for the pipeline – to urgently attend to the affected communities, to remediate the contaminated rainforest, and to halt use of the pipeline until long-delayed upgrades are carried out.

  • Collateral Damage – Oil Stains Peru's Amazon, Again

    Collateral Damage – Oil Stains Peru's Amazon, Again

    February 19, 2016 – History is repeating itself in the northern Peruvian Amazon, where three oil spills have been reported along the Northern Peruvian Pipeline since January 25th.

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