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Uncontacted Indians making contact with a settled Ashaninka community near the Brazil-Peru border, June 2014. Photos: © FUNAI.

Peru: uncontacted tribe flees massacre in the Amazon

Alice Bayer / Survival International

22nd August 2014

Survivors of a previously unknown Amazon tribe have escaped gunmen in Peru, seeking refuge with settled indigenous communities in Brazil. But as Alice Bayer reports, their problems are far from over. Many remain under threat in Peru, and even the refugees are at risk of common but potentially lethal infections. more...
Would you like this to happen to your land? The 'revegetated area' of the Yanacocha mine in Maqui Maqui, Peru, after 10 years of gold mining. Photo: Abramovich / Wikimedia Commons.

Community self-defense against mining mega-projects

Raul Zibechi

8th August 2014

If the state does not defend citizens against the violence and destruction of mining, people and communities must defend themselves, writes Raul Zibechi. And in Peru and Colombia that's exactly what they are doing, re-asserting indigenous control of the land and its resources. more...
Indigenous demonstrators in Peru's Cajamarca province protesting at drinking water contamination from the US-Peruvian Conga gold mine, whose operations have been stalled. Photo: Diego Cupolo.

Despite 'progressive' politics, Latin America's indigenous veins are bleeding

Benjamin Dangl

1st May 2014

Left-wing, progressive politicians hold sway across Latin America, writes Benjamin Dangl. But defying their own 'green' rhetoric, they are committed to mining and other environmentally damaging development. Now they face growing resistance from small farmers and indigenous peoples. more...
The 2014 Goldmine Prize winners - official photo.

2014 Goldman winners - fighting coal, dams, palm oil, fracking, toxic waste

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th April 2014

Six environment heroes, one from each continent, are honoured for their work today - fighting threats from giant coal mines to forest destruction, fracking, high dams, illegal development and toxic waste dumps. Sophie Morlin-Yron reports. more...
Sunset over the Peruvian Amazon near the Rio Napo. Photo: Ippei Yuge via Flickr.com.

Peru - UK oil company to expand in territories of 'isolated' Amazon tribes

David Hill

15 April 2014

UK-based oil and gas company Perenco is expanding its operations in the Peruvian Amazon - in a remote area known to be inhabited by highly vulnerable indigenous people living in 'voluntary isolation'. But as David Hill reports, Perenco denies their existence ... more...
Nanti people on river bank. Photo: © Anonymous / Survival.

Peru: Amazon tribes sacrificed to gas project

Oliver Tickell

27th January 2014

Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of isolated Amazon tribes - who will be put at risk of a massive death toll or extinction from introduced diseases. more...
Nanti people on river bank. Photo: © Anonymous / Survival.

Gas company: Amazon tribes vulnerable to 'massive deaths'

David Hill

20th January 2014

Amazon tribes in Peru's rainforest are at risk of 'massive deaths' from new diseases to which they lack immunity, gas company Pluspetrol admits - as it tries to expand its Camisea gas project into a Reserve for isolated indigenous people. more...
Yagua Indians in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo: chany crystal via Flickr.com.

Peru - gas expansion in Amazon 'indigenous reserve'

David Hill for The Guardian

14th January 2014

Peru is to expand its Camisea gas project although it threatens uncontacted Amazon tribes with extinction, reports David Hill. The decision also ignores UN pleas to stop the operations. more...
Kayapo Indians on a road block to stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo: International Rivers via Flickr.com.

Amazon forest loss risks water security across South America

Paul Brown.

30th December 2013

Water, food supplies and energy production are all in jeopardy as the Amazon forest is felled for profit. And as Paul Brown writes, the damage is spreading well beyond Amazonia itself ...
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Revealed: brutal reality of world's 'biggest dolphin hunt'

Jim Wickens

17th October 2013

Undercover filming by the UK investigative agency Ecostorm has exposed - for the first time - the brutal hunting and killing of dolphins for use as shark bait off Peru's Pacific coast. Jim Wickens reports more...
Mangoes

Fancy a mango? Think twice...

Gervase Poulden

18th July, 2012

From Peru, where the majority of winter mangoes on sale in Europe have been imported from, journalist Gervase Poulden reports on the poor working conditions of mango workers more...
Cafedirect Carbon Credit reforestation project

Coffee farmers in Peru look to carbon market to fund climate adaptation

Matilda Lee

14th May, 2012

Coffee brands' project aims to stop slash and burn farming by linking local reforestation to the international carbon market. Matilda Lee reports from Peru more...

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Salmon

How our growing appetite for salmon is devastating coastal communities in Peru

Andrew Wasley and Jim Wickens

1st December 2008

The coast of Peru is being blighted by a fishmeal industry that's sprung up to satisfy the West’s voracious appetite for salmon – now marine life, human health and whole ecosystems are paying the price. Andrew Wasley and Jim Wickens report more...
fish

Peru's vanishing fish stocks 'devastated' by corruption and growing fishmeal demand

Ecologist

26th January, 2012

Soaring global demand for fishmeal primarily for animal feed or fish farms, including salmon, is wrecking havoc on the once abundant fish stocks of the southern Pacific more...
Tribe

Amazon 'uncontacted' tribes at risk from new highway plan

David Hill

19th January, 2012

Tension is mounting in one of the remotest regions in the Peruvian Amazon over plans to build a highway through the country's biggest national park more...

Tainted gold: thousands join protest against Peru's largest ever mining project

Gervase Poulden

17th January, 2012

A US-backed billion-dollar gold mine has attracted thousands of protestors in recent weeks. Many have the poor economic legacy of existing mines fresh in their minds, reports Gervase Pouldon in Cajamarca, Peru more...
A salmon

The Greed of Feed – the hidden cost of your cheap farmed salmon

1st December, 2008

Andrew Wasley & Jim Wickens

A major investigation by the Ecologist reveals a host of unreported environmental and social costs linked to the fishmeal production industry in Peru more...

Wild with heart: 'Voluntouring' at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru

The Ecologist

17th February, 2011

Combining stunning jungle scenery with the chance to get close to wildlife and give something back Taricaya Ecological Reserve offers volunteering opportunities that can make a real difference
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In the News

Peruvian indians threaten insurgence

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Amazon indians have called for an insurrection against the Peruvian government, whose authority they say they no longer recognise. more...
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Fishy business

Andrew Wasley and Jim Wickens

1st December 2008

The coastal towns and villages of Peru are being blighted by an industry that has sprung up to satisfy the West’s voracious appetite for fish – now marine life, human health and whole ecosystems are paying the price. The Ecologist Film Unit investigates
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