Joint civil society sign-on letter to the President of the World Bank, calling his attention to some key requirements for an effective and appropriate safeguard review process and for the safeguards that will emerge from such a process.
We, representatives of indigenous peoples’ communities, organizations and networks from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and North America, came together to unite on how we can engage effectively with the preparatory processes and the conference proper of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio Plus 20. We thank the Ford Foundation, Fondo Indigena and UN WOMEN for providing the resources to allow for this meeting to happen. We also thank COICA, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Inter-tribal Committee and COIAB, for co-organizing this event.
We recalled our active participation in the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and the parallel processes we organized which resulted into the Kari-oca Indigenous Peoples’ Declaration. The UNCED documents which included the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21 recognized the vital role of indigenous peoples in sustainable development and identified them as one of the 9 Major Groups.
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.
The planned expansion of the Camisea gas project within both Nahua territory and the Nahua/Kugapakori Reserve in South East Peru raises a series of legal, moral and social questions that address the complexities of a major gas project operating in the territories of isolated indigenous peoples.
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.