What We Do
An important aspect of our work in eco-social justice is investigating abuses of human and nature rights in the Loreto and Ucayali region, together with our indigenous and other allies, using the information as a tool to lobby and to reach out to national and international audiences through civil society organizations via our blog, social media networks, and local and international media.
In the Loreto region:
Beginning in July 2015, we have worked in the Loreto region with the organization Instituto Chaikuni, to stand with indigenous organizations in the defense of their rights. Currently Instituto Chaikuni works together with the indigenous organizations FEDIQUEP (Quechua people from the Pastaza river) and FECONAT (Kichwa people from the Tigre river) in the defense of their rights in oil lot 192 (former lot 1AB), an area close to the border with Ecuador, where over 45 years of oil production has left a human and environmental disaster.
In July 2015, we supported the work of Instituto Chaikuni and the indigenous Federation FECONAT to publish a report detailing the controversial and environmentally damaging activities of the oil company PlusPetrol Norte S.A. and of oil dependency in general in the Peruvian Amazon in the Peruvian Amazon in the wake of the prior consultation process of more than 30 years of oil activity in the same area. The report is available here.
In 2014, together with FEDIQUEP, we produced a film showing the mobilization of indigenous people on the river Pastaza, following years of government inaction in relation to their claims for basic human rights and grossly inadequate compensation for the damage to their natural environment and health caused by oil company activity. The film can be viewed here.
In 2013, working with ORAU, the regional organization in Ucayali of AIDESEP, the National Amazonian Peoples’ organization, we created a map of the Ucayali area showing the different stages of oil company activity in indigenous communities and indicating which oil companies were operating in which territories. This map enabled us to target specific communities we alter ran workshops for, informing them of their legal and human rights in relation to the operation of oil companies on their homelands.