Free, prior and informed consent can be understood as one of the main achievements of the indigenous movement, overcoming the old mentality that considered indigenous peoples as unable to decide their own future.
“I had traveled by car, plane, boat and foot — more than 100 miles from conventional civilization — to reach a place where the old ways have not been forgotten, where local people interpret the world through their dreams and the forest spirit known as Arutam is said to inhabit the mighty kapok tree.”
Imagine you are on a river boat, meandering down the Amazon. The August sky looms dark and grey overhead, the cool river breeze a welcome respite from the vapid humidity. The silver river glides by as the air is shattered by the sonorous cries of howler monkeys. Then, suddenly, you hear it: the sharp, staccato [...]
How much would you pay for 9 million hectares – that’s an area larger than Scotland or about the size of the US state of Indiana – of unspoiled old-growth tropical rainforest? No, I am not trying to swindle you
While it is ultimately the Peruvian judiciary’s responsibility to ensure that defendants are given a fair trial, we call upon the Peruvian Government to respect all of the International Conventions to which it is a party,
ClearWater, Rainforest Fund’s partner in Ecuador, documents the process of community visits throughout the region and the importance these visits have on the movement for clean water and indigenous rights. This post originates on ClearWater’s blog: http://www.giveclearwater.org/2014/02/visiting-homes-clearwater/