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Ecuador: Giron advances towards community referendum over mining in Kimsacocha

Signatures for a community plebiscite over mining being gathered in Azuay, Ecuador. Photo: FIAN

An initiative to prevent mining activities in the wetlands and fragile high altitude ecosystem known as páramos of Kimsacocha, in the Western Andes.

By Nataly Torres and Jennifer Moore

July 29, 2015.- Members of the Union of Community Water Systems in Girón County (UNAGUA-Girón) in the south-central province of Azuay, Ecuador, are collecting signatures in order to undertake a community plebiscite to decide the future of the mining project “Loma Larga” owned by Canadian mining company INV Metals in the area of Kimsacocha. Seguir leyendo…

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“We Are Here So History Does Not Repeat Itself”

Aurelio Chino Dahua from Fediquep and Carlos Sandi Maynas from Feconaco, among other leaders and representatives. Photo: Puinamudt

– The Peruvian State does not respond properly to the communities and indigenous federations suspend the dialogue until July 23rd. Seguir leyendo…

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Changing the rules: Consultation and dialogue in Peru’s Block 192


Illustration: Oxfam Peru

– An essential case for indigenous population’s living conditions when confronted with oil investments.

By Miguel Lévano*

Servindi, 18 July, 2015.- At the beginning of President Ollanta Humala’s term, the Peruvian Congress fast-tracked approval of the Indigenous Peoples Consultation Law. A year later the government did the same for the law’s implementing rule. Seguir leyendo…

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Scientists must let world’s most isolated tribes make own decisions


Ashéninka man Enoc Ruiz Santos and Shipibo man Pedro Monteluisa Romaina at a control post protecting a reserve for indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in the Peruvian Amazon. Photograph: David Hill

– Initiating “controlled contact” with indigenous peoples in the Amazon would violate their rights and threaten their lives.

By David Hill

July 9, 2015.- Usually the indigenous peoples living in the remotest Amazon only draw international media attention if certain kinds of photos or film footage emerge, as in mid-2014, or they raid a village or, tragically, kill someone, as happened on 1 May. Many media reports misinform as much as inform: factual errors, no context and all kinds of sensationalism. “Lost tribe!” “First contact!” Seguir leyendo…

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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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