Eye on the Amazon
  • Defend the Sacred: Making Indigenous Sacred Sites "No Go" Zones for Extractive Industries

    Defend the Sacred: Making Indigenous Sacred Sites "No Go" Zones for Extractive Industries

    September 8, 2016 – "Whatever fine print comes out of the World Conservation Congress, Amazonian indigenous women will continue to protect our Living Forest." Paty Gualinga, the powerful spokeswoman from Ecuador's Kichwa indigenous community of Sarayaku, inspired the attendees at one of the world's largest gatherings of environmental organizations and governments.

  • Ecuador Announces First Commercial Barrel of Oil from Yasuní's ITT Fields

    Ecuador Announces First Commercial Barrel of Oil from Yasuní's ITT Fields

    September 7, 2016 – From deep inside the most biodiverse part of Earth's largest rainforest, there is terrible news: Oil extraction has begun in quite possibly the worst place imaginable.

  • Conservation Efforts Are Still Violating Indigenous Rights

    Conservation Efforts Are Still Violating Indigenous Rights

    August 30, 2016 – With the recent centennial of the National Park Service, we've seen much publicity in favor of national parks within the United States. The idea of natural protected areas is viewed as a general good among popular opinion. Who could be opposed to the conservation of nature?

  • Victory on Brazil's Tapajós River and the Battle that Lies Ahead

    Victory on Brazil's Tapajós River and the Battle that Lies Ahead

    August 9, 2016 – Last week, in a stunning turn of events, Brazil's environmental agency IBAMA definitively shelved plans to carve the São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam into the heart of the Amazon. Deeming the project a socio-environmental liability for its devastating impacts upon the lands and way of life of the Munduruku people, IBAMA's bold move could reflect a major shift away from disastrous mega-projects like the Belo Monte dam.

  • Colombia’s U'wa: Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

    Colombia’s U'wa: Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

    July 29, 2016 – For decades, the U'wa indigenous people of Colombia have been an inspiration to others around the world, including everyone at Amazon Watch. With vision, persistence and courage, they have repeatedly demanded their rights and overcome the daunting forces arrayed against them.

  • "We Own These Territories. Ecopetrol Has To Go."

    "We Own These Territories. Ecopetrol Has To Go."

    July 20, 2016 – By entering and occupying the actual Gibraltar gas extraction site, the U'wa are taking their nonviolent direct action to a new level, even given the risks they run.

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