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One prominent proposed solution to climate change is the UN-backed project Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Given that indigenous peoples inhabit the majority of remaining tropical forests, any REDD strategy or project must respect indigenous rights, including the right to free, prior, and informed consent. More
Opposition by Indigenous Groups Seen as Major Risk to Resource Projects World-wideMay 12, 2014The Wall Street Journal
"We are not against all investments, that would be absurd," said Roberto Espinoza, an adviser to Peru's biggest indigenous organization, Aidesep. "We only ask that the law is respected, and the law says communities should be consulted...and have the right to determine their own development."
Respect for and non penalization of indigenous self-determinationMay 11, 2014
COP20 is an event that confronts the largest challenge and tragedy of all time: What to do in order to not pass 2 degrees of catastrophic warming? What to do to keep alive the Amazon forest, of which Peru has the second largest extension? We have an unrepeatable opportunity to achieve decisive changes in Peru and the world in favor of continuity of life on the planet, which is our primary intergenerational responsibility.
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.
Change is promised but land grabs continue and 61% of forests are still claimed by governmentsFebruary 14, 2014The 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.
On the front lines in the race to avoid ecosystem collapseDecember 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.
The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world's climate. But the world's largest rainforest is now in trouble.
In recent years, Peru has passed laws to crack down on illegal logging, as required by a 2007 free trade agreement with the United States. But large quantities of timber, including increasingly rare types like mahogany, continue to flow out, much of it ultimately heading to the United States for products like hardwood flooring and decking sold by American retailers.
Declaration and Action Agenda Takes on Climate Change and Promotes Sustainability SolutionsSeptember 24, 2013
New York, NY – Unlikely partnerships, meaningful policy, reaching beyond the choir, gender equality and a commitment to bold action were all on the agenda as 100+ women from around the world gathered in New York for three days of dialogue and deliberation at the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit.
Data released by the Brazilian government Friday confirms an increase in Amazon forest loss. INPE's data shows that deforestation is pacing 14 percent higher than last year, when forest loss was the lowest since annual record-keeping began in the late 1980s.
Illegal logging has all but wiped out Peru's mahogany. Loggers are turning their chain saws on lesser known species critical to the health of the rain forest.April 2013National Geographic
Illicit practices are believed to account for three-fourths of the annual Peruvian timber harvest. Despite a crackdown on mahogany logging that began five years ago and a sharp decline in production, much of the timber reaching markets in the industrialized world is reported to be of illegal origin. Most of those exports have gone to the U.S. but are now increasingly bound for Asia.