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US’s Hunt Oil Suspends Drilling in Peru’s Amazon

By David Hill

16 June, 2015.- US company Hunt Oil has announced it is suspending exploratory drilling in one of the remotest, most biodiverse parts of Peru’s Amazon. Seguir leyendo…

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Tía María: Peru’s biggest environmental conflict


Police fighting local inhabitants in Cocachacra protesting the proposed Tia Maria mine. Photo: Miguel Mejía Castro/La República

- José de Echave, from Lima-based NGO CooperAccion, talks about the proposed Tia Maria copper mine.

By David Hill

9 June, 2015.- US company Newmont’s proposed Conga gold mine, perhaps, or the 40-odd year old oil concession that has devastated parts of Peru’s Amazon and is now up for renewal? The Chadin 2 dam on the River Maranon, scheduled to be built by Brazilian firm Odebrecht, or the expansion of the Camisea gas project? New legislation? Gold-mining in the Madre de Dios department? A trans-continental railway possibly financed by China? Seguir leyendo…

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Grufides responds to pro-mining campaign

Servindi, 29 May, 2015.- The non-profit organization Grupo de Formación e Intervención para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Grufides), responded to an aggressive campaign by politicians and the pro-mining media directed to link the use of resources from the private international cooperation to the financing of violent protests in Peru. Seguir leyendo…

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Peru planning to dam Amazon’s main source and displace 1000s


‘No to Chadin 2’: a resident of Mendan, one of the many villages that would be flooded by the proposed Chadin 2 dam. Photograph: Luis Herrera

Over 20 hydroelectric projects proposed for the main trunk of the River Maranon would have devastating impacts.

By David Hill

26 May 201.- Who said large-scale hydropower was out? As an article published by Climate Central recently noted, it has now been omitted from the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) annual reports on renewable energy for eight years running, and “may be seen as a risky bet” for investors. Seguir leyendo…

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Indigenous Peoples Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent: The Peruvian case

The vital need to engage in concerted action now to implement the indigenous right of free, prior and informed consent.

Servindi, 26 May, 2015.- “It is an unpostponable, historic necessity to convene concerted activities to promote the implementation of the right to free, prior and informed consent”, asserts  Mónica Yriart, an attorney who specializes in constitutional law, human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. Seguir leyendo…

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Peru: When the president of Congress was an “anti-mining terrorist”


Photo: Elbuho.pe

The current president of Congress, Ana Maria Solorzano, took part in the protests against the Tia Maria project in 2011, while she was the first candidate for congresswoman of the Nationalist Party in Arequipa. Seguir leyendo…

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Why is Tía María a failure? Six key flaws


Clashes in Islay against the Tia Maria project. Photo: Ideele reporteros

In the Tia Maria conflict, in Peru’s Arequipa region, the dialogue has failed or does not exist because of six essential reasons that, objectively and impartially, I try to summarize.

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Natural rockface or tribal sculpture? Peru and Hunt Oil don’t care


The ‘Harakbut Face’ in the south-east Peruvian Amazon. Photo: Paul Redman

The recent “rediscovery” of the “Harakbut Face” in the Amazon raises fears about gas exploration. Seguir leyendo…

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Peru’s mega-dam projects threaten Amazon River source and ecosystem collapse


The Marañón River in Peru where the government is proposing more than 20 dams on the main trunk.’.
Photo credit: David Hill

By David Hill

Mongabay, April 28, 2015.- Peru is planning a series of huge hydroelectric dams on the 1,700-kilometer (1,056-mile) Marañón River, which begins in the Peruvian Andes and is the main source of the Amazon River. Critics say the mega-dam projects could destroy the currently free-flowing Marañón, resulting in what Peruvian engineer Jose Serra Vega calls its “biological death.” Seguir leyendo…

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Peru: An “anti-mining terrorist” in the making

Diario Correo fake article and photo published and later removed.

The Diario Correo newspaper, owned by El Comercio Group, colludes with police ruse to manufacture fraudulent news and delegitimize environmental protests in Islay, Arequipa. Seguir leyendo…

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