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2 May 2016

Forest Peoples

Peru: Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil orders Plantaciones de Pucallpa to stop operations in indigenous tribe’s territory

“RSPO orders palm oil company to stop work in Shipibo territory in the Peruvian Amazon”

…The order was issued after the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya filed a formal complaint in December 2015 against Plantaciones de Pucallpa for the destruction of over 5000 hectares of their ancestral forest lands. The complaint cites the devastating impacts on the rivers and forest ecology on which their subsistence livelihood depends, the destruction of community dwellings and the restrictions on community members who wish to access the forest.The complaints panel focused on five key areas where RSPO principles may have been contravened…The Peruvian government ordered the suspension of Plantaciones de Pucallpa’s operations on the 2nd of September 2015 but to date this resolution remains unenforced.