Deforestation, Palm Oil and Indigenous Rights

This blog entry was written by Sarah Sax, who has recently completed her Masters in Environmental Science at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University. Sarah worked with Alianza Arkana as part of her research for her Masters degree in July and August 2016. Introduction In April 2015, a conservation organization, Mapping the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), posted the following image as their map of the week. The title reads “Image #4: Large-Scale Oil Palm Causes Deforestation of Primary Forest in the Peruvian Amazon”. Figure 1: MAAP image #4 showing deforestation due to Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC and … Continue reading Deforestation, Palm Oil and Indigenous Rights

Whose Development? Indigenous Peoples and Megaprojects in the Peruvian Amazon

El Dorado, “an inexhaustible treasure trove”, “the last, as yet unfinished page of Genesis”; for centuries, the Amazon has been the site of utopias, real and imagined. These have often been home-grown, as with so many indigenous millenarian movements: from … Continue reading Whose Development? Indigenous Peoples and Megaprojects in the Peruvian Amazon