Ucayali, 5 June 2017: Indigenous Peoples call on the Regional Council and Government of Ucayali to secure indigenous land rights, stop harmful oil palm development and protect human rights defenders in Peruvian Amazon.
Public Statement (Pronunciamento Publico in Spanish only).
After appeals from indigenous organisation FECONAU in the Ucayali region the Peruvian government has recognised that the National Plan for oil palm must be consulted with Peru's indigenous peoples.
Document: Aprueban consulta previa palma aceitera (Spanish only)
26th March. The lawsuit filed by the Shipibo community of Santa Clara in May 2016 against the Peruvian government for issuing their untitled traditional lands to a palm oil company is now heading for Peru’s highest court, the Constitutional Tribunal after the court of second instance in Pucallpa ruled that the case was not admissible as a constitutional appeal or amparo.
Since 2014, the indigenous Shipibo community of Santa Clara de Uchunya with the support of FECONAU (the Federation of Native communities of Ucayali) has been challenging the operations of the palm oil company Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC (PdP), which has destroyed more than 5,000 hectares of its traditional forest lands in the Ucayali region of Peru. Recently the struggles of the community have begun to yield important victories.
Depuis 2014, la communauté autochtone shipibo de Santa Clara de Uchunya, avec l’appui de FECONAU (la Fédération des communautés natives d’Ucayali) a contesté les activités de la société du secteur de l’huile de palme Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC (PdP), qui a détruit plus de 5 000 hectares de ses forêts traditionnelles dans la région d’Ucayali au Pérou. Récemment, les luttes de la communauté ont commencé à aboutir à des résultats significatifs.
Sejak tahun 2014, masyarakat adat Shipibo dari Santa Clara de Uchunya dengan dukungan FECONAU (Federasi masyarakat asli Ucayali) telah menentang operasi perusahaan kelapa sawit Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC (PdP), yang telah menghancurkan lebih dari 5.000 hektar hutan adat di wilayah Ucayali, Peru. Baru-baru ini perjuangan masyarakat telah mulai membuahkan beberapa kemenangan penting.
United Cacao Ltd SEZC, a company belonging to the Melka commercial group of agribusiness enterprises operating in the Peruvian Amazon, appears to be on the brink of financial collapse.
On 23 June, and no doubt in response to the growing challenges to their operations in Ucayali from the Peruvian government, Peruvian civil society and affected communities, the Melka group decided to put their properties up for sale in a public auction.
A video (Spanish only) recording a formal visit to the oil palm plantation of Plantaciones de Pucallpa in Ucayali by Peruvian environmental prosecutors and officials documents how the company has continued to maintain and cultivate its plantation operations in violation of the suspension order of the Ministry of Agriculture issued in September 2015.
The failure to resolve the underlying land tenure problems of indigenous peoples is one of the main factors behind the increasing deforestation in Peru as reported in a national deforestation study produced by FPP and AIDESEP and launched at the UN Climate talks held in Peru in 2014. Peru hands over the Presidency of the climate change talks to France in Paris this year and since 2010 has made ambitious pledges to resolve indigenous peoples’ landrights struggles as part of its commitments to protect forests and mitigate climate change in which it has pledged to reduce net deforestatio