Ecuador President Pulls Plug on Innovative Yasuni-ITT Initiative, Authorizes Drilling in National Park
Indigenous groups and civil society vow resistanceAugust 16, 2013
Quito, Ecuador – In an evening address to the nation on Thursday, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa officially terminated the historic Yasuni-ITT proposal, and announced that PetroAmazonas, the state run oil company, would initiate plans to exploit the Ishpingo, Tambococha, and Tiputini oil fields that lie beneath the eastern part of Yasuni National Park within weeks.
Peru's Culture Ministry Blocks Expansion of Camisea Gas Project in The Amazon, Warning That Isolated Peoples Could Become ExtinctJuly 31, 2013
Peru's Vice-Ministry of Inter-Culturality has issued a critical report temporarily blocking the expansion of Peru's biggest gas project and claiming that two "isolated" indigenous peoples living in the region could be made extinct if it goes ahead.
Leaders gather in Puyo to denounce auction of their territoryJuly 16, 2013
Amazonian indigenous leaders mobilized today in the regional capital of Puyo to oppose the Ecuadorian government's attempts to close bids on eight million acres of its pristine southeastern Amazon. The region is Ecuador's last remaining tract of virgin rainforest and is home to seven indigenous nationalities. Attempts to lease it have been plagued by a transnational oil spill, global protests, and wary investors.
Indigenous peoples demand free, prior and informed consent following failed talks with Brazilian governmentJune 6, 2013
Brasilia, Brazil – Deeply frustrated with the Brazilian government's unwavering attitude about building large-scale hydroelectric dams, indigenous protesters refused to leave Brasilia following a high-level meeting this week.
The Hillary Institute of International Leadership Today Announced Its 2013 Annual, Global Hillary Laureate, Atossa Soltani of Amazon WatchJune 4, 2013
From a global watch-list on leaders in mid-career whose leadership is exceptional and inspirational, the Institute's international board, the Hillary Summit, has selected Amazon Watch Founder and Executive Director, Atossa Soltani as its 5th Annual Hillary Laureate awardee for Leadership in Climate Equity.
Communities and stakeholders unite to demand CEO Watson resignMay 29, 2013
San Ramon, CA – At the company's Annual General Meeting of shareholders today, Chevron CEO John Watson personally came under fire for his mishandling of the massive $19 billion environmental disaster in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Years after the landmark legal victory against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court, the Ecuadorian Amazon remains destroyed as the company continues to challenge the verdict and evade justice.
Oakland, CA – Facing growing unrest from shareholders and environmental activists and forced to testify about his own role in the $19 billion Ecuador case, Chevron CEO John Watson will be under enormous pressure tomorrow at the company's annual meeting where rainforest indigenous villagers and their investor allies plan to confront him over his company's toxic dumping in the Amazon.
Shareholders and Activists Call on Chevron to Refrain from Political Spending and Oust CEO John Watson at Annual Meeting
Amazon Watch will be calling for John Watson to be fired for failing to address human rights abusesMay 24, 2013
Oakland, CA – Chevron shareholders and a coalition of activist groups will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, May 28, the day before the annual Chevron shareholder meeting, to demand that the company refrain from all election-related spending. Groups will also protest Chevron's inaction on the growing threat of climate change and environmental violations.
Kayapó indigenous leaders from Brazilian Amazon join in solidarity to protest Mega DamsMay 21, 2013
Hasankeyf, Turkey – Today representatives of dam-affected communities and organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US and Africa, including Brazilian indigenous leaders accompanied by Amazon Watch, blocked the entrance to the construction site of the Ilisu dam in southeast Turkey demanding an end to controversial development that would sink an ancient city dating back to the Bronze Age.
Istanbul, Turkey – Dam-affected communities and international conservation organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US and Africa come together today at the International Rivers Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, to debunk the myth of mega-dams as "clean" energy.