PERU GOVT URGED TO ANNUL OIL BLOCK AND CREATE INDIGENOUS RESERVE

Regional indigenous federation ORPIO, Rainforest Foundation Norway and Survival International have written to Peru’s government urging it to annul an oil and gas concession and establish a reserve for indigenous peoples living in “isolation.” “These tribal peoples face catastrophe unless their land is protected. Only by creating the proposed Yavarí Tapiche indigenous reserve and implementing effective protection mechanisms that prevent the entry of outsiders, will the indigenous people be given the chance to determine their own futures,” the organisations wrote. The letter was addressed to the Culture Minister, Environment Minister and Energy Minister. The reserve was initially proposed 14 years ago, but the government has never established it. The concession is run by Canadian company Pacific Exploration and Production. Both concession and proposed reserve are within the recently-established Sierra del Divisor National Park. Both ORPIO and AIDESEP have filed lawsuits in an attempt to protect the indigenous peoples in "isolation."

David Hill