FPP E-Newsletter December 2012 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The importance of ensuring respect for the rights of forest peoples’ to control their forests, lands and livelihoods, becomes ever clearer and yet more contested. As the articles in this edition of our newsletter starkly reveal, land and resource grabs are not just being imposed by commercial developers but are being actively promoted by governments, whose principle responsibility should be to protect the rights of citizens. Yet these same impositions are also being resisted, sometimes at great personal cost, by local communities and indigenous peoples.

Shipibo communities in the Peruvian Amazon reject implementation of the Imiria Conservation Area for violation of their rights as indigenous peoples

Representatives of 12 Shipibo indigenous communities and neighbouring villages from the Imiria lake region in Ucayali, Peru have expressed their opposition to the Imiria Regional Conservation Area (RCA-Imiria), a protected area established by the Regional government of Ucayali. The RCA-Imiria was created in 2010 but the communities denounce the fact that it overlaps their traditional territory including the titled lands of seven communities.

Comunidades indígenas del pueblo Shipibo-Conibo rechazan la implementación del Área de Conservación Regional Imiria por la violación de sus derechos fundamentales

Representantes de 12 comunidades nativas Shipibos y caseríos ribereñas del Lago Imiria, Chauya y la cuenca del Rio Tamaya han rechazado la iniciativa del Gobierno Regional de Ucayali de implementar una Área de Conservación Regional (ACR) en la zona. El ACR-Imiria fue creada en 2010 por el Gobierno Regional pero las comunidades denuncian que esto se sobrepone el territorio tradicional del pueblo Shipibo-Conibo parte de lo cual esta reconocido en 7 comunidades nativas debidamente tituladas.