Note: On Wednesday, Shuar and Achuar leaders from Ecuador were in Houston, Texas, to confront an auction by the Ecuadorian government which would lease out millions of acres in the Amazon rainforest for oil and gas drilling. They were joined by local activists, including folks from the Tar Sands Blockade. Click here for coverage on Democracy Now!.
–The GJEP Team
By Jonathan Watts, February 6 2013. Source: The Guardian
An aerial view of the Yasuni National Park, which is considered the most biodiverse place on earth with more species in a single hectare than all of North America. Photo: Dolores Ochoa/AP
A global campaign to stop oil exploration in a pristine corner of the Ecuadorean Amazon has collected more than a million online signatures in little more than a week.
The show of support is a major boost to the small indigenous community of Sani Isla that has been resisting intrusions by Ecuador‘s state-run oil company Petroamazonas. It is also a rebuke to Ecuador’s president,Rafael Correa, as he campaigns for re-election.
The petition, which was organised by the campaign group Avaaz, calls on Correa to stop oil exploration in the Amazon and uphold the Ecuadorean constitution, which is the only one in the world to recognise the rights of nature.
It follows an appeal for help by the 400-strong community of Sani – first reported in October in the Guardian – amid fears that the state oil company would use the army to secure land for a seismic study. The members of the Kichwa indigenous group said this would ruin their efforts to run an eco-lodge that has a lower impact on the environment in an area of exceptional biodiversity. Continue reading
Note: This is a follow-up to a story we ran yesterday, entitled ‘Ecuadorian tribe will die fighting to defend rainforest.’ Some relief and good news…
–The GJEP Team
By Jonathan Watts, January 17 2013. Source: The Guardian
A Kichwa family by Napo River, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador. Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson/Alamy
An indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon has won a reprieve after building up an arsenal of spears, blowpipes, machetes and guns to fend off an expected intrusion by the army and a state-run oil company.
The residents of Sani Isla expressed relief that a confrontation with Petroamazonas did not take place on Tuesday as anticipated, but said the firm is still trying to secure exploration rights in their area of pristine rainforest.
“We have won a victory in our community. We’re united,” said the community president, Leonardo Tapuy. “But the government and the oil company won’t leave us alone. ”
The Kichwa tribe on Sani Isla, had said they were ready to fight to the death to protect their territory, which covers 70,000 hectares. More than a quarter of their land is in Yasuni national park, the most biodiverse place on earth. Continue reading
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By Jonathan Watts, January 13 2013. Source: The Guardian
Photo: The Guardian
In what looks set to be one of the most one-sided struggles in the history of Amazon forest conservation, an indigenous community of about 400 villagers is preparing to resist the Ecuadorean army and one of the biggest oil companies in South America.
The Kichwa tribe on Sani Isla, who were using blowpipes two generations ago, said they are ready to fight to the death to protect their territory, which covers 70,000 hectares of pristine rainforest.
Petroamazonas – the state-backed oil company – have told them it will begin prospecting on 15 January, backed by public security forces. Continue reading
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