It is unusual for Forest Peoples Programme to publicise World Bank publications, but we are delighted to highlight the important findings of a new study by the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) which shows that protected areas are effective at slowing deforestation but are, by far, most effective when they respect the rights of indigenous peoples.
Nahua testimony reveals the expansion plans of the Camisea Project within a Reserve for isolated indigenous peoples and the efforts of the consortium to distort the facts. See video link of testimony and full transcript of testimony.
In April 2011 a group of Nahua hunters, indigenous inhabitants of the ‘Kugapakori, Nahua and Nanti reserve for peoples in isolation and initial contact’ in South East Peru were surprised to bump into a team of investigators conducting environmental surveys in the headwaters of the remote river Serjali. The researchers were working for Environmental Resources Management (ERM), an environmental consultancy that had been hired by the Camisea gas consortium, a mega natural gas project with operations in the neighbouring river basin.
The Nahua were outraged they were being treated with such disregard and forced ERM to leave. Pluspetrol, the Argentine energy company and consortium leader, managed to smooth over a potential conflict; persuading the Nahua that they didn’t need to worry about potential contamination as these investigations weren’t connected to the search for oil and gas but were simply efforts to monitor the local wildlife.
Testimonio Nahua revela los planes de expansión del proyecto Camisea sobre reserva para pueblos indígenas en aislamiento voluntario y el distorsionado discurso de la empresa.
En abril de 2011, un grupo de cazadores Nahua habitantes de la Reserva Kugapakori, Nahua y Nanti para Pueblos en Aislamiento y Contacto Inicial, en el sureste del Perú, sorprendió a un equipo de investigación de la consultora ambiental Environmental Resources Management (ERM) en las cabeceras del río Serjali en pleno corazón de la reserva y territorio ancestral Nahua. ERM había sido contratada por el consorcio Camisea, un mega proyecto de gas que opera en la cuenca vecina.
Los Nahua, furiosos por ser ignorados, expulsaron a los trabajadores. Para evitar un conflicto, la empresa argentina líder del Consorcio Camisea convenció a los Nahua de no preocuparse por una contaminación potencial ya que las investigaciones "no están conectadas con la búsqueda de petróleo y gas, sino que fueron simplemente esfuerzos para monitorear la fauna silvestre".
AIDESEP, 20th July 2011. AIDESEP has revealed that the recently established Peruvian NGO "Alliance for the Capture of Carbon as a Solution to Climate Change" has proposed 10 year 'agreements' with various Shipibo indigenous communities. The agreements focus on the potential for 'environmental services, REDD and carbon deals' and are offering '$100 per hectare and thousands of dollars each year' to these communities. In an alarming turn the communities are being asked to sign these agreements and hand over their land title papers to the NGO.