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The Achuar of Peru

The Achuar indigenous people live in the remote headwaters of the Amazon rainforest on the Pastaza, Morona and Corrientes Rivers, on both sides of the Peru-Ecuador border. Amazon Watch works with the Achuar to defend their homeland against further destruction. More

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It Could Cost $1 Billion To Clean Up the Oil in Peru’s Northern Amazon

It Could Cost $1 Billion To Clean Up the Oil in Peru’s Northern Amazon

Over four decades of exploration and extraction have caused an environmental and health crisis in indigenous communities

August 3, 2017The Guardian

Who is going to clean up Peru's northern Amazon after decades of companies spilling oil and dumping billions of barrels of toxic production waters? Certainly not US company Occidental which ran the biggest concession, Lot 1-AB, until 2000, nor, it would seem, Petroperu, which ran the other major concession, Lot 8, until 1996 and operates the rusty, leaking North Peruvian Pipeline to this day.

The Controversy That Could Swing Ecuador's Election

Outgoing President Rafael Correa's mining deals have alienated groups that once supported him. That could cost his heir apparent on Sunday.

March 29, 2017Americas Quarterly

Indigenous people make up as much as 30 percent of Ecuador's 16.5 million citizens, and their swing to Lasso could be the deciding factor in the run-off elections.

Visiting Indigenous Communities in the Amazon Rainforest with Nahko of Medicine for the People

Visiting Indigenous Communities in the Amazon Rainforest with Nahko of Medicine for the People

March 24, 2017

Nahko has long been connecting his own indigenous roots – he is of Apache descent, as well Puerto Rican, and Filipino and Guam heritage – with indigenous peoples and social movements across North America and beyond wherever the band tours, linking struggles to defend the sacred, protect water, and life.

Musician and Activist Nahko Travels To the Amazon To Build Bridges of Indigenous Solidarity

Musician and Activist Nahko Travels To the Amazon To Build Bridges of Indigenous Solidarity

Nahko visits Ecuador's remote Amazon rainforest to use music and cultural exchange to connect indigenous resistance movements from Mount Shasta to Standing Rock to the Amazon

March 23, 2017

Nahko, the musician and frontman of Medicine for the People, and his bandmate Patricio Zuñiga Labarca have just returned to the U.S. after a week in Ecuador, where they visited the pristine rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon and met with indigenous leaders and communities to hear first hand about local efforts to protect their rights, forests, and cultures, and shared stories and empowerment through music.

Community Consent: Business Lessons from the Amazon

Community Consent: Business Lessons from the Amazon

March 2017Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

From the snow-covered plains of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota to Shuar rainforest territories in the Ecuadorian Amazon, there is a resurgence of resistance to extractive industry projects around the world. These conflicts have major implications for China, Latin America's largest trading partner, whose state run companies are involved in many of the controversial projects, and whose bilateral loans and lines of credit are closely tied to extractive industries.

Saramurillo: Justice This Time for the Indigenous Peoples of the Peruvian Amazon?

Saramurillo: Justice This Time for the Indigenous Peoples of the Peruvian Amazon?

February 21, 2017Chaikuni Institute

In the face of too many previous agreements left unfulfilled, more unity is the best strategy forward, affirm the indigenous federations united in Saramurillo.

Peruvian Indigenous Federation Tells Oil Company: Stay Out of Our Territory

The Achuar federation, representing 45 communities within Block 64 in the northern Peruvian Amazon, publicly bans Chilean oil company GeoPark from entering their territory

December 20, 2016

"We have lived through the bad experience of damages to our habitat, health, and life as a result of activities related to the Northern Peruvian Oil Pipeline and activities of the oil company Talisman, from which there continue to be environmental liabilities, in part within our territory, that to date have not been remediated," the Achuar wrote in the statement. "Given this we have taken the firm decision to not permit any oil activity within our territory."

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

December 9, 2016

Check out one of the stunning new films recently released about the Amazon and the heroic environmental defenders protecting it and defending us from climate change.

Amazonian Tribe in Peru Says It Will Block New Oil Drilling Plans

Amazonian Tribe in Peru Says It Will Block New Oil Drilling Plans

December 9, 2016Reuters

An indigenous federation opposed to a recently approved plan for oil drilling in the Peruvian Amazon said on Friday that native communities will physically block any attempt by oil companies to operate on their lands.

Peru: New President, Old Tensions

Peru: New President, Old Tensions

November 2, 2016

After five lackluster years under President Ollanta Humala, Peru is facing a new political scenario with the ascension of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to the presidency. Here are some of the flashpoints Amazon Watch will be monitoring in the coming months and years.

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Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

On September 27th, 2017 Amazon Watch will hold its annual gala in San Francisco at the Bently Reserve.

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