What We Do
Concerned about the abuses of human rights in the Loreto region by extractive companies, for the past four years we have been partnering with a number of national, regional and local Indigenous Federations representing different ethnic groups in the regions of Loreto and Ucayali – AIDESEP, ORAU, ORPIO, ACODECOSPAT, FEDIQUEP, ORDIM, FECANOCO - and associated human rights organizations including Amazon Watch, Earth Rights International and Program for the Defense of Indigenous Rights.
Our activity has been principally in the Loreto region in oil lot 192 (former oil lot 1AB), where many oil companies have been operating in indigenous territories for over 40 years. In 2013 and 2014,due to the severe contamination caused by the activity of oil production and following much pressure from the different local Indigenous Federations, the Peruvian Government declared states of environmental emergency on the four rivers of Marañon, Corrientes, Tigre and Pastaza.
Our work aims at empowering indigenous organizations and leadership, and strengthening the struggle for human rights to be respected, particularly in relation to the activity of extractive industries, notably oil and gas companies, operating on indigenous territory.
During 2014, our work included technical and legal support to the indigenous organization and leadership throughout the dialogues with the Peruvian government. In 2015, we supported the work of the Instituto Chaikuni with the indigenous federation FECONAT in the prior consultation process on the new concession for oil lot 192 and the follow-up of the agreements reached.
Alianza Arkana will now be focusing on the activity of oil companies within Shipibo territories in both the Loreto and Ucayali regions. The great work that has been done in Loreto will be continued under the umbrella of our partner organization, Chaikuni Institute.
Together with ORAU, which is the regional political organization of the National Amazonian Peoples Organization, we have already run a number of workshops informing people of their legal rights in respect to oil and gas company activity in their homelands with the Shipibo communities of Paoyán, Santa Rosa de Tamaya Tipishka, Canaan and Nuevo Sucre.
In 2012, we supported a three-day workshop in which leaders from 25 Shipibo communities convened in Pucallpa to work on a regional plan for indigenous people, compared stories of oil and gas company tactics, and listened to communities already affected.
Our aim is to work closely with more Shipibo communities, informing them of their legal rights and the due process which should be followed to protect their lands. We further aim to educate communities on the possible consequences of oil company activity, especially informed by those already suffering long-term effects. This will help enable them to take more informed decisions regarding the operation of oil companies in their territories, and understand what actions are within their power to take.