17 December 2013
On the last day of our meeting in Lima, Peru, five consultants from indigenous organizations across the Amazon were hunkered down at their computers.
Three of them represented the Madre de Dios region in eastern Peru, where illegal mining threatens their forests and rivers. Another was from the Ecuadorian Amazon, which is grappling with the implications of a recent presidential decree to open up the land for oil and gas exploration. The fifth worked with tribes in rural Colombia, where a dearth of ways to make a living has both fueled a decades-long insurgency and the isolation of indigenous peoples there.
Read more from the Environmental Defense Fund here.