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The Peruvian Amazon, the fourth largest expanse of tropical rainforest in the world, is home to thousands of indigenous peoples speaking dozens of languages, including some of the last groups living with little or no direct contact with the outside world. Tragically, since 2003 nearly three quarters of the Peruvian Amazon has been leased to the international oil industry for the highest bid.More »

UK Oil Company to Expand in Territories of "Isolated" Amazon Tribes

April 15, 2014 | The Ecologist

"Operating in this area demonstrates an utter disregard for some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, who may feel forced to defend their territory", said Stephen Corry, director of Survival International. "If the companies have any sense, they will leave the area to its rightful owners before lives, and reputations, are ruined."More »

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

April 9, 2014 | IPS

Washington, DC – Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.More »

Search for Inca "Lost City" in Amazon May Endanger Indigenous People

A six-week expedition starting in July will try to find Paititi in the Megantoni National Sanctuary in south-east Peru

April 7, 2014 | The Guardian

A French writer and adventurer plans to explore one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon in search of a "lost" or "secret city" that may have been built by the Incas, but there are fears that the expedition could endanger the health of isolated tribes that have never been exposed to common human diseases.More »

COP Out? Peru Pulling the Plug on Environmental Oversight in View of COP 20

COP Out? Peru Pulling the Plug on Environmental Oversight in View of COP 20

March 26, 2014 | Alianza Arkana Blog | Blog Post

Peru was selected to host COP 20, and yet its Minister of Energy and Mines announced a new law that would potentially eliminate submission and approval of Environmental Impact Assessments for oil and gas companies. More »

Peru's Amazon at Risk: "21st Century Oil Firms with 18th Century Laws?"

Peru's Amazon at Risk: "21st Century Oil Firms with 18th Century Laws?"

March 18, 2014 | The Huffington Post

'We think that there is pressure from the private sector and the authorities within the energy sector to facilitate investment, weakening the environmental legal framework and undermining social and environmental standards,' says Cesar Gamboa, a lawyer from NGO DAR.More »

Indigenous Leader Denounces Peru's Camisea Gas Project Expansion

March 10, 2014 | Huffington Post

"We - the heads - we haven't approved anything regarding expansion in Lot 88. They say the study has already been approved. So we ask ourselves: who authorized it? No public meeting has been held, nor one workshop, about it."More »

Peru to "Eliminate" Key Environmental Rule for Oil and Gas Firms, Says Minister

Announcement that seismic tests won’t need Environmental Impact Assessments sparks controversy and concern

March 8, 2014 | The Guardian

"[One] agreement is to eliminate environmental impact assessments for seismic operations. The [oil and gas] industry has its laws, the industry has principles, it has well-established practices, and the idea is to move away from procedures and permissions to action. The companies know what they have to do."More »

US Oil and Gas Firm Hunt Urged to Suspend Amazon Exploration

Concerns over indigenous reserve and archaeological remains prompts call from local federation

February 27, 2014 | The Guardian

"We request, in the name of Peru's indigenous peoples, that Hunt Oil, representatives of the national and regional government, the Ministry of Energy, and professionals from the extractive sector in general abandon, for ethical and moral reasons, opportunism, egoism and avarice, and respect the rights and territories of indigenous peoples."More »

Two Lawsuits to Stop Peru's Biggest Gas Project in Indigenous Reserve

Operations by gas consortium in Amazon reserve for vulnerable indigenous peoples met with legal action

February 25, 2014 | The Guardian

Three Peruvian judges are scheduled to meet on April 1st following a lawsuit filed to stop a gas consortium from operating in a reserve in the Amazon created for indigenous peoples living in "initial contact" and "voluntary isolation."More »

Pace of Global Land Rights Reform Is Slowing, Says New Report

Pace of Global Land Rights Reform Is Slowing, Says New Report

Change is promised but land grabs continue and 61% of forests are still claimed by governments

February 14, 2014 | The Guardian

The report features several case studies, including one on the growing "roll call of people killed for their land rights activism" and another on Peru where land conflicts are described as "reaching a crisis" and threatening to "undermine [the country's] status as an honest broker" as the host of the UN climate talks in December this year.More »

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