Alianza Arkana

The Arkana Alliance is committed to raising awareness about the current environmental and social crises in the Amazon; supporting the creation, connection and strengthening of strategic networks and regional and community-based alliances; and inspiring positive change at local, national and international levels to protect and preserve the people, environment, and ancient traditions of the Amazon Rainforest.
Aug 13, 2014

New Documentary Shows Oil in Peruvian Amazon

Pastaza: A Movement for Justice in the Amazon
Pastaza: A Movement for Justice in the Amazon

In honor of the International Day of World Indigenous Peoples last week end, we are releasing our first documentary: Pastaza. Created in collaboration with the Peruvian Quechua indigenous federation, FEDIQUEP, it plumbs the depths of sadness and shows the strength of the communities which have endured over 40 years of oil contamination. 

As a voice on the front lines of this global movement for environmental and social justice, we wanted you to be the first to see it and share it with your friends.

Watch the trailer here.

Learn more and join the movement: click here!

Four major river basins in the Peruvian Amazon – the Marañón, Tigre, Corrientes, and Pastaza – are reeling in the wake of over four decades of oil exploitation. Since March 2013 all of these areas have been declared environmental and humanitarian crisis zones. However, the only thing the people have received from the government is scientific proof that their families are slowly being poisoned.

The Quechua, Achuar, Urarina, Kichwa, and Kukama Kukamiria people have been abandoned by government inaction, with zero access to clean water, safe food, or adequate health care. They have witnessed the devastation of their rivers, lakes, forests, and soils and felt sickness eating away at their families, communities and ancestral way of life. Unable to bear the deafening silence of their government in the face of such blatant social and environmental injustice, their voices are now rising in unity to denounce the pain and suffering that has become their daily bread.

PASTAZA tells the story of the Quechua federation from the Pastaza river, FEDIQUEP, and their dedicated leader, Aurelio Chino Dahua, whose determination has brought his people to their feet to demand that those responsible pay for their crimes against humanity and clean up the rainforest. The film shows the many faces of those on the front lines of this struggle, professing their love of the Amazon; their grief at its destruction; and their devotion to peace, health, life, and water.

The Amazon is literally the heart of the planet, providing roughly 20% of our fresh water and land-based oxygen, while affecting global weather systems. Additionally, it holds extraordinary biodiversity and is a living library of indigenous knowledge. What affects the Amazon affects us all. 

Jul 17, 2014

Launching 2nd Stage Grow & Cook Program

Just under two months ago, we set up the second stage of a project in the indigenous Shipibo community of Puerto Firmeza where last year a Mexican nutritionist, Mariana, was working with us to run workshops for a group of mothers to teach them about  balanced and healthy nutrition for their families. Mariana did this through the medium of cooking meals together with the women of the communities and adapting traditional recipes to include the nutrients that she had identified were missing in their diet as they changed from a traditional diet to a more Western based diet (including more carbohydrates and sugars into their diet).

In this new phase of the program we are supporting the mothers to continue to cook together and also to offer a lunch of high nutritional value once a week to the children at the local school, which uses produce locally grown at the permaculture project attached to the community. The delightful thing to see is how the mothers are implementing what they learnt in the first phase in this second phase without needing the support of a nutritionist. An additional exciting development is that the program is now run coordinated by two young Shipibo women, Liz and Marleni. Liz is our administrative assistant and has always dreamed of becoming a nutritionist or a pediatrician. Marleni is a trained nurse who brings her scientific knowhow about the human body to these classes, all in their indigenous language. Additionally, Marleni will be continuing her studies into the masters level with a scholarship through Alianza Arkana later this year. We are very excited to see these Shipibo women emerge as community leaders.

The dedication and progress the mothers are making towards the promotion of healthy diet choices in puesuit of seeing their children thrive is really an inspiring one to watch. It is thanks to the support of people like you that this project continues to be such a success!  

Enjoying a nutritious meal
Enjoying a nutritious meal
Everyone gets some!
Everyone gets some!
Jun 2, 2014

The Fiction of Pluspetrol's Benevolence

Oil contaminated soils
Oil contaminated soils

In 2013, after decades of protests by the indigenous populations, government testing finally confirmed the devastating contamination of hydrocarbons and other toxic elements in the soil and water of four major river basins. The indigenous groups of the Pastaza, Corrientes, Tigre, and Marañon river basins in the Northern Peruvian Amazon have witnessed over 43 years of oil activities in their territories. This directly jeopardizes people's health and well-being, as well as threatening the ecosystems they depend on to survive. By May 2014, all four river basins had been declared "environmental emergencies" and "sanitary emergencies" by the Peruvian government.

Argentinian-based oil company, Pluspetrol, has been operating the two large oil concessions affecting the area, Lot 1AB/Lot 192 and Lot 8, since 2001 and 1996 respectively. Despite the scientific results showing more than 352 times the allowable levels of certain heavy metals, Pluspetrol maintains a public discourse of "zero contamination".

They generally blame their predecessors for the mess and portray themselves as a responsible company that generates local development and champions environmental stewardship. Making use of a powerful and twisted PR machine and the remote nature of their operations, Pluspetrol attempts to withhold the disturbing truth of their significant role in this environmental disaster from the Peruvian and international public.

Alianza Arkana is committed to working alongside the local indigenous federations to break the silence and shed light on these environmental and social atrocities.

This publication—The Misleading Art of Commercial Deception: How to Transform a Major Polluter into an Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Responsible Company – is grounded in the direct experiences and struggles of our indigenous partners affected by Pluspetrol's activities.

We aim to dismantle Pluspetrol's misleading public discourse and reveal still more disturbing facts behind the oil company's social and environmental abuses in the Northern Peruvian Amazon.

Click here to read the full publication.

The Misleading Art of Commercial Deception
The Misleading Art of Commercial Deception
Areas of Environmental Emergency
Areas of Environmental Emergency
Child with skin rash from contamination
Child with skin rash from contamination
Oil spill in Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve
Oil spill in Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve
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