Campaign Updates

Brazilian Social Movement Condemns "Dictatorship on the Madeira River"

April 29, 2009

The Brazilian Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) issued the following statement to denounce the treatment of riverine communities who are being impacted by the construction of the Santo Antônio and Jirau dams on the Madeira River in Brazil's Rondônia state. [...]More »


ACTION PLATFORM OF THE AMAZONIAN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (AIDESEP)

April 24, 2009

1. Repeal of all legislative decrees and laws that impinge upon the rights of indigenous peoples. These laws include Law 29317 that modifies Legislative Decree 1090 also known as the NEW FOREST AND WILDLIFE LAW, Law 29338, the Water Resources Law, and Legislative Decrees 1089, 1064 and 1020. 2. [...]More »


Earth Day: Do Environmental Rights Equal Human Rights?

April 21, 2009

By: Priscila Neri Witness: www.witness.org What images come to mind when you think of human rights? Pictures of torture, unjust detention, police brutality, political persecution? Or do you think about climate change? What about when you think of the environmental movement? Do you picture polluted oceans, destroyed forests, endangered wildlife? Or do you think about people? Although the environment [...]More »


Despite Protests, Work Continues on Madeira River Dams

April 1, 2009

Recent events surrounding the Santo Antonio and Jirau hydroelectric dam schemes underway on the Amazon’s Madeira River highlight the controversial nature of these projects as well as the lack of public consensus around the Brazilian government’s “development” plans for the Amazon basin. [...]More »


AIDESEP, COMARU, CITIZEN ACTION FOR CAMISEA AND OTHERS EXPRESS OUR OBJECTION TO THE ORGANIZATION OF THE 7TH CAMISEA CONSULTATION MEETING, ORGANIZED BY THE INTERAMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK - IDB

March 21, 2009

The Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest – AIDESEP, The Machiguenga Council of the Urubamba River – COMARU, Citizen Action for Camisea and other civil society organizations, by signing below, are expressing our objection to the organization of the Interamerican Development Bank’s (IDB) 7th Camisea Consultation Meeting, Friday, March 20, 2009 in Lima. [...]More »


Ecuadorian Government Provisionally Delays Suspension of Environmental Organization's Legal Status

March 20, 2009

Members of Acción Ecológica, a close partner organization of Amazon Watch, were notified yesterday by Ecuador's Ministry of Health that the suspension of their legal status to operate in the country was provisionally put on hold. The Ecuadorian government will reach a final decision on this matter within two months. [...]More »


Brazil's Madeira Riverbank Dwellers Call for Help

March 20, 2009

Members of the riverbank communities on Brazil’s Madeira River sent a letter to Brazil’s President Lula da Silva prior to his visit to see work on the two dam sites of Santo Antonio and Jirau, key projects of the Initiative for the Regional Integration of Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA). [...]More »


COIAB meets with Prince Charles in Manaus

March 13, 2009

The coordinator-general of the National Indigenous Organization of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), Jecinaldo Satere, delivered a document to the heir of the British throne detailing the position of indigenous peoples on environmental issues.  Jecinaldo Satere Mawe met with Prince Charles at 3pm local time on Friday March 13, at the headquarters of the Permaculture Institute of the Amazon (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil. [...]More »


Amazon Watch on Good Morning America

March 11, 2009

Amazon Watch was featured on Good Morning America in its recent series of reports about the Amazon. The report, which aired on March 11 and was entitled "At Home in the Amazon", focuses on the plight of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation, deep in the rainforest. [...]More »


Yasuní: The Last Chance or the First Step?

March 5, 2009

Yasuní: The Last Chance or the First Step? By Esperanza MartínezAcción Ecologica On Februray 5, 2009, presidential decree number 1572 indefinitely extended an initiative not to exploit crude oil located in Yasuní National Park in Ecuador. With this, the Yasuní-ITT initiative was saved from one of the biggest problems that conspired against the original proposal — [...]More »


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