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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Stand-off in the Amazon: Tribes Shut Down Oil Company Airport

February 27, 2015Digital Journal

Members of two different Peruvian native groups have occupied the airport of Pluspetrol, an Argentine oil company that is accused of failing to compensate local communities for damage to the environment.

Indigenous Groups Fight Back Against Oil Industry after Pipeline Spills Poison the Amazon

Indigenous Groups Fight Back Against Oil Industry after Pipeline Spills Poison the Amazon

February 25, 2015Fusion

No one ever expected Cuninico, a small riverside fishing village tucked in the heart of the world’s largest rainforest, to run out of drinking water. But it happened last June. Since then this remote Amazon hamlet has relied on state-run oil company PetroPeru to deliver shipments of bottled water from the nearest city, nine hours down river.

Peru's Indigenous Communities Are Fighting Back Against Environmental Contamination by Seizing Oil Wells

February 3, 2015VICE

A conflict is raging in Peru's Amazon forests between indigenous groups and an Argentinian oil company. The Amazon dwellers have halted drilling and blockaded a jungle road for two weeks in protest of what they claim is a decades-long environmental catastrophe.

Peru's Indigenous People Protest Against Relicensing of Oil Concession

Peru's Indigenous People Protest Against Relicensing of Oil Concession

Kichwa communities bar River Tigre, an Amazon tributary, with cables to stop oil company boats from passing and accuse government of turning a blind eye to contamination from oil operations in the forest

February 2, 2015The Guardian

Hundreds of indigenous people deep in the Peruvian Amazon are blocking a major Amazon tributary following what they say is the government's failure to address a social and environmental crisis stemming from oil operations.

Expelled from Ecuador: One Solar Visionary's Story

Expelled from Ecuador: One Solar Visionary's Story

July 29, 2014

On July 17, Oliver Utne, a U.S. citizen residing in Ecuador with a valid visa, was abruptly questioned, detained, and forced to leave the country after being targeted by Ecuadorian immigration officials. Utne had been living in the country for several years and coordinating an innovative solar canoe project with the Achuar indigenous people.

Indigenous Amazonian People Threatened by Oil Drilling

Indigenous Amazonian People Threatened by Oil Drilling

May 1, 2014The Planet / Sierra Club

Achuar resistance to oil exploration has achieved some success. Now the Ecuadorian government is attempting to take down indigenous leaders for defending their territory from oil development plans.

Indigenous Amazonía

Indigenous Amazonía

On the front lines in the race to avoid ecosystem collapse

December 30, 2013

We know indigenous peoples are important stewards of the environment. But specifically how do they protect their territory? Watch a presentation by Amazon Watch's Andrew Miller on specific struggles in Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador.

Indigenous Leaders Say: Consultation Is Not "Nonsense"

Indigenous Leaders Say: Consultation Is Not "Nonsense"

November 7, 2013

Last week a delegation of indigenous leaders traveled from the Ecuadorian Amazon to the IACHR in Washington, DC to help advise the Ecuadorian government on consultation with indigenous peoples.

Canada’s Gran Tierra: Didn’t You Know Oil Doesn’t Mix with Water?

Canada’s Gran Tierra: Didn’t You Know Oil Doesn’t Mix with Water?

October 28, 2013

As Peru continues to expand oil activities in the Amazon, there's a new oil company with grand ambitions, Calgary-based Gran Tierra. Does Gran Tierra not understand the risks they are running? If so, they are in for a rude shock.

Amazon in Focus 2013

Amazon in Focus 2013

Plus Our Annual Financial Report for 2012

Fall 2013

2013 follows a remarkable year for Amazon Watch and our partners in 2012: Talisman Energy and Conoco Phillips announced they would cease oil operations and leave the Peruvian Amazon; Belo Monte dam construction was significantly delayed in Brazil; and we celebrated the landmark decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in favor of the Sarayaku community in Ecuador.

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