Indian protesters win land rights battle against Peru's President Garcia
August 31, 2008
On August 22 lawmakers voted 66 to 29 to revoke García's Legislative Decrees N°1015 and N°1073. García said the decision would hurt foreign investment in Peru, worsening poverty. García decreed the land laws to meet requirements set forth by a new free-trade deal with the United States.
According to a recent study 72 percent of the Peruvian Amazon is already under concession to oil and gas companies. 56 of of the 64 blocks in the country have been concessioned since 2003 and some overlap lands titled to isolated indigenous groups, including "uncontacted" tribes.
Brazil may allow mining on indigenous lands in the Amazon
(8/21/2008) Lawmakers in Brazil are debating whether to allow mining companies to partner with indigenous groups to exploit mineral deposits deep in the Amazon rainforest, reports Bloomberg.
High mineral prices drive rainforest destruction
(8/13/2008) The surging price of minerals is contributing to degradation and destruction of rainforests worldwide, warns a researcher writing in the current issue of New Scientist.