ConocoPhillips and Repsol in the Amazon

Much of the northern Peruvian Amazon is covered by oil concessions that overlap areas of extreme ecological and cultural sensitivity, including areas occupied by indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation.  Amazon Watch is supporting AIDESEP, the National Organization of the Amazon Indigenous people of Peru, to challenge oil concessions where they overlap "protected" areas, including a proposed reserve for isolated peoples.  Because of the serious risks posed by oil extraction activities in these areas, Amazon Watch is working with local indigenous groups and socially responsible investment groups to pressure the companies operating in these areas to adopt a "No Go Zones" policy in ecologically sensitive areas and areas occupied by isolated peoples and a free, prior, and informed (FPIC) policy to ensure that oil drilling does not take place without the consent of affected indigenous peoples. 

Amazon Watch is monitoring concessions held by US-based oil company ConocoPhillips in the Tigre River basin located immediately to the northeast of the Corrientes River basin. The company holds two concessions in this area covering 5.5 million acres of ecologically-sensitive forestlands, some of which are home to peoples living in voluntary isolation.  Spain's Repsol, jointly holds the concession for one of the blocks, which covers ecologically-sensitive areas occupied by isolated peoples.  Amazon Watch has called on both companies to abandon the lot based on the grave risks their operations pose to isolated peoples living there.  We seek to promote the national indigenous demand for an end to extractive industry operations within the lands of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation.

Amazon Watch is also engaged in an international institutional shareholder advocacy strategy demanding that oil companies operating in the Amazon adopt stronger environmental and social policies for where they operate.  We are also engaging shareholders to pressure companies and call on them to adopt strict indigenous rights policies. In particular, we are calling on ConocoPhillips and Repsol to become leaders in the oil industry by adopting a policy of free, prior, and informed consent. Though indigenous peoples' right to free, prior, and informed consent to projects and decisions that significantly impact their lives has been progressively enshrined in international agreements, such as the recently adopted U.N. Declaration on Indigenous Rights, these rights are routinely violated or ignored in the face of export-focused development projects.  In order to avoid serious human rights violations, companies must respect indigenous peoples' right to consent by adopting and implementing an effective policies.


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