Eye on the Amazon
  • Celebrate #InternationalWomensDay!

    Celebrate #InternationalWomensDay!

    March 8, 2015 – Amazon Watch is proud to partner with indigenous women from across the Amazon basin to support their work to protect their ancestral territories from oil extraction and destructive mega-dam projects. These women are true leaders in the growing movement to protect the rainforest and all life.

  • Decolonization and the Munduruku Protocol: It's Time to Listen

    Decolonization and the Munduruku Protocol: It's Time to Listen

    March 6, 2015 – The Munduruku Protocol on consultation procedures, published couple of weeks ago and presented to the Brazilian government, is the first protocol of a consultation process proposed by an indigenous nation that I have ever seen. It is very well written, closely following international and national law.

  • What Would Ingrid Do? War and Peace

    What Would Ingrid Do? War and Peace

    March 3, 2015 – I live in a country which spends a third of my tax dollars on the military, so I do not know actually how peace is found. So say that you wanted peace. How would that work out?

  • Victory! Gas Project in U'wa Territory Dismantled

    Victory! Gas Project in U'wa Territory Dismantled

    February 26, 2015 – "The U'wa people would like to inform national and international public opinion that the Magallanes gas exploration block has been completely dismantled. Ecopetrol has removed all the machinery that had been found there in a demonstration of respect for our rights as an indigenous people."

  • Journeying to the Black Heart of Oil Destruction

    Journeying to the Black Heart of Oil Destruction

    Within the last six months, five oil spills from a single pipeline have contaminated indigenous Kukama communities of the Northern Peruvian Amazon. This is a story about the true cost of oil.

    February 25, 2015 – For thousands of years the rainforest provided indigenous peoples with all they needed for subsistence and income. It gave them everything – fresh food, water, life. Now, after decades of drilling, many of these territories are ravaged by oil contamination. More and more, people who lived in sustainable balance with the forest are being forced into a life of poverty, another unintended consequence of the oil boom.

  • Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

    Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

    February 18, 2015 – It's carnival time in Brazil, but for people of the Xingu there is no time to celebrate. Three years after construction initiated on Belo Monte dam, the consortium used the distraction of carnival to request an Operating License.

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