Peru developing gas reserves in protected Indigenous lands

Survival charges that Peru is secretly pursuing new gas reserve developments inside protected tribal land, in flagrant violation of laws that prevent such projects.

The Nahua-Nanti Reserve in southeast Peru is known for its uncontacted Amazon tribes, and for a wide stretch of gas fields called the Camisea project.

Now Peru has released plans for the country’s first state-owned oil block, which will be inside the legally protected area.

Survival claims that the new site will cut the Nahua-Nanti Reserve in half, and put uncontacted tribes’ lives in immediate danger.

Peru’s indigenous organization FENAMAD states: ‘there is no doubt the government is attempting to cut up indigenous territories for gas exploration … which will be reflected in the genocide and ethnocide of indigenous peoples.’

Survival claims the new plans are a clear violation of a 2003 Supreme Decree prohibiting any new development of natural resources inside the Nahua-Nanti Reserve.

Read more: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8337

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