Eye on the Amazon
  • Indigenous Diplomacy

    Indigenous Diplomacy

    Colombia's U'wa Before the United Nations

    May 19, 2016 – "Today, I’m here sharing this with you but my people are once again mobilized. We are on Zizuma, the sacred mountain where many sources of water originate – lakes and rivers which bathe our territory and serve as an important source of water for Colombia."

  • Brazil's Political Meltdown Could Spell Disaster for the Amazon

    Brazil's Political Meltdown Could Spell Disaster for the Amazon

    May 10, 2016 – Under the cover of political mayhem, lawmakers have discreetly moved this polemic proposal toward a plenary vote, threatening to erase Brazil's environmental legislation in one fell swoop.

  • Belo Monte and How NOT to Produce Energy in the 21st Century

    Belo Monte and How NOT to Produce Energy in the 21st Century

    May 5, 2016 – The most important project of President Dilma Rousseff's energy program is also a monumental example of how energy should not be produced in the 21st century. In addition to its high price tag, the dam is associated with corruption and massive human rights violations due to its social and environmental impacts.

  • Bold Moves Block Tapajós Mega-dam and Uphold Indigenous Rights, for Now

    Bold Moves Block Tapajós Mega-dam and Uphold Indigenous Rights, for Now

    April 26, 2016 – In the shadow of last week's contentious vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's indigenous agency FUNAI and environmental agency IBAMA made unexpected, decisive rulings in defense of indigenous rights and ecological protection in the Amazon.

  • Peruvian Government’s Response to Amazon Oil Spills: Promise High, Deliver Low

    Peruvian Government’s Response to Amazon Oil Spills: Promise High, Deliver Low

    April 20, 2016 – Across Peru, headlines have been dominated by the presidential elections. Deep in the Amazon, however, the ongoing trauma caused by oil pipeline spills seeps on. Almost three months following a 2,000-barrel spill in Chiriaco followed by another just days later near Mayuriaga, indigenous communities continue to confront the daily reality of poisoned water, fish and crops.

  • Drilling Towards Disaster: Ecuador's Aggressive Amazonian Oil Push

    Drilling Towards Disaster: Ecuador's Aggressive Amazonian Oil Push

    April 6, 2016 – Last week, the Ecuadorian government announced that it had begun constructing the first of a planned 276 wells, ten drilling platforms, and multiple related pipelines and production facilities in the ITT oil field, known as Block 43, which overlaps Yasuní National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest.

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