Peru: National indigenous organization condemns govt. plans to grant new oil & gas concessions in Amazon, concerned over potential harms

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Author: Econoticias

Esta es una de las principales conclusiones a que han llegado dos investigadores...de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) y de...Save America’s Forests...que han documentado por primera vez toda la historia de actividades hidrocarburíferas de la región y han realizado proyecciones de futuro...recientemente se ha otorgado en concesión a compañías de petróleo y gas natural más Amazonia peruana que en ningún otro momento. En la actualidad hay 52 concesiones de hidrocarburos activas...la superficie de concesiones va camino de cubrir el 70% de la región...La mayor parte de las concesiones se superponen a...territorios...de los pueblos indígenas...Y lo más preocupante...es que las concesiones cubren también más del 60% de la zona propuesta como reserva territorial para los pueblos indígenas en aislamiento voluntario...[Se refiere también a Perenco, Repsol-YPF, Petroperú, Perupetro]

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12 February 2010

Peru Set to Open Last Refuges of the Amazon to Oil and Gas Drilling

Author: Mitch Anderson, Amazon Watch

Perupetro, the oil and gas-licensing arm of the Peruvian government, confirmed plans yesterday [11 Feb 2010] to auction another 19 hydrocarbon concessions in the Amazon rainforest. With these new concessions, two-thirds of the Peruvian Amazon are now earmarked for oil and gas drilling… Peru's national Amazonian indigenous organization, AIDESEP, issued a statement rejecting the new bidding round while ongoing social conflicts remain unresolved... “[O]pening of the Amazon to extractive resource projects without the free prior and informed consent of indigenous communities prompted major protests last year…," said Mitch Anderson [from] Amazon Watch…"The government still has not addressed the issues of consultation and poor safeguards at the core of the protest…All the new concessions overlap titled indigenous lands and over half of all indigenous territories across the Amazon now lie within an oil or gas concession… Daysi Zapata, president of AIDESEP [said] "[The government] has not respected our right to choose our own model of development..."

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