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.
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.
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