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.