The Achuar and Shuar of Ecuador

In southeast Ecuador reaching to the border with Peru lies hundreds of thousands of acres of road-less rainforest belonging to the Achuar and Shuar, two indigenous groups that have also fought off industrial-scale, natural resource extraction and threats to their lands and way of life. More

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Indigenous Communities Reject "Consultation" in Blocks 74 & 75

Indigenous Communities Reject "Consultation" in Blocks 74 & 75

June 10, 2015

Last month in direct violation of its own laws on "free, prior, and informed consultation" Ecuadorian government officials and oil company technicians entered oil blocks 74 and 75 in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, without informing many of the communities whose ancestral territory the blocks overlap, in what appears to be part of a plan to pull apart the Kichwa territory in the Bobonazo river basin.

Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement Unites in Defense of Territory

Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement Unites in Defense of Territory

March 13, 2015

This week hundreds of representatives from five indigenous nationalities came together in a special assembly to defend their Amazon territory from oil, mining, logging, destructive dams and the commodification of nature.

Shuar Community of Macuma Expels the Secretary of Hydrocarbons from Its Territory in Rejection of the Illegitimate Prior Consultation of Oil Blocks 74 and 75

February 26, 2015CONFENIAE/CONAIE

Over and over again the participants expressed their rejection of oil activity and of the illegitimate free, prior, and informed consultation, and demanded the immediate withdrawal of Secretary of Hydrocarbons' office of information.

Ecuador Indigenous Leader Found Dead Days Before Planned Lima Protest

Shuar leader José Isidro Tendetza Antún missing since 28 November
Activists believe death linked to opposition to state-Chinese mine project

December 6, 2014The Guardian

The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima.

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.

"To Get the Gold, They Will Have to Kill Every One of Us"

The most-storied warrior tribe in Ecuador prepares to fight as the government sells gold-laden land to China

February 10, 2013Salon.com

Three years after Avatar's Quito premiere, declarations of martial readiness are multiplying and gaining volume throughout the tribal territories of Ecuador's mountainous southeast. The warnings bare sharpest teeth in the Shuar country of the Cordillera del Condor, the rain forest mountain range targeted by President Rafael Correa for the introduction of mega-mining.

Indigenous Leaders Call for Ecuador Government to Stop Oil Leasing Plans

Indigenous Leaders Call for Ecuador Government to Stop Oil Leasing Plans

February 10, 2012Indian Country Today

Indigenous leaders from Ecuador's Amazonian lowlands are calling for the government to drop plans to auction 21 leases near the Peruvian border for oil drilling.

Nourish the Cause: Gourmet Gifts that Give!

Nourish the Cause: Gourmet Gifts that Give!

December 5, 2011

This holiday season, give ethically-sourced, gourmet superfoods and Essential Living Foods will give 25% of your purchase directly to Amazon Watch.

Investor's Eye on the Amazon - October 2011

October 2011

This third edition of our Investor's Eye on the Amazon quarterly email newsletter is jam-packed with important updates from a number of our campaigns.

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