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 28, 2015

New project and ongoing work in Intercultural Education

The team at IDEARA
The team at IDEARA

These last three months, we have started a major new project in association with a local Shipibo organization called IDEARA (Instituto de Desarrollo Altérnativo Raíces Amázonicas - in English, the Institute for the Alternative Development of Amazonian Roots) to join them in their task of helping revitalize Shipibo culture with young indigenous people living in the city of Pucallpa. They have a site with great potential of over four hectares on the edge of the indigenous area of Pucallpa.

With time, we will be helping them create a cultural center and residential accommodation on this site, based on the principles of permaculture design, which will offer workshops on key areas of traditional Shipibo culture such as arts and crafts and medicinal plants, as well as alternative models of development such as natural building methods and permaculture.

One of our volunteers has already helped them build a clay oven, which will be used to make rocket stoves, which are a more economic and environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional cooking methods of cooking on an open fire, which works fine in rural communities but is more problematic in urban areas due to the enclosed spaces and difficulty in finding firewood.

Meanwhile, our work in Santa Clara continues with the setting up of a library in the school there, which includes another beautiful mural created by our talented muralist working with the children from the school. Do look at the accompanying photos of the wall before and after this mural was painted.

Many thanks for your support which makes this work possible.

Building the clay kiln at IDEARA
Building the clay kiln at IDEARA
The wall before............
The wall before............
And the library wall after........
And the library wall after........
Jul 7, 2015

Examples of our last three months work made possible by your support

Meeting about how to operate the new library
Meeting about how to operate the new library

First of all a huge thank you to all those of you who have contributed to this project which aims to finacially support Alianza Arkana in our mission to be forming grassroots alliances to help protect and regenerate the Peruvian Amazon through supporting its indigenous peoples and their customs.

In return for your support we have invited you to our online learning community. We have had two on-line forums for that community - the first entitled 'Social Leadership in an Internet Age' and the second which is just coming to an end on 'Conversation as a practice in Social and Political Change'. Slowly, we are gathering momentum for these online forums. The second forum in particular has generated some interesting conversations which can still be read and commented on.

In the nearly three months since we began this project, donations made on this site have enables us to do the following work in each of our three key program areas of intercultural education, social and environmental justice, and community-based solutions (permacultire and eco-sanitation):

  • Support the construction of a library and a mural in a primary school in the Shipibo community of Santa Clara where one of our volunteers is working.
  • Paint a mural on the wall of the kindergarten school in the urban Shipibo community of Bena Jema together with the teachers and children from the school
  • Set up a one day workshop in the Shipibo community of Poayan about community members' legal rights in relation to the oil and gas company beginning to operate on their territory. At this workshop we gave three presentations, two by Shipibo students working closely with Alianza Arkana from communities effected by the operations of the oil company.
  • Build a small nursery on our office and volunteer accommodation site in the indigenous part of Pucallpa which we are converting into a working model of an urban permaculture site.

Once again many thanks for your support and I look forward to being in contact with you through our learning community site.

Registration for workshop in Poayan
Registration for workshop in Poayan
Bringing the jungle to an urban Shipibo school
Bringing the jungle to an urban Shipibo school
Our volunteer, Fin, building the nursery structure
Our volunteer, Fin, building the nursery structure
Jun 23, 2015

Launch of Pastaza FIlm

Dear Supporters

With pride we share with you that in mid-June we have been able to launch the Pastaza movie at the festival "Green Unplugged" . As you might know the Pastaza movie, a coproduction of the indigenous federation FEDIQUEP and Alianza Arkana, reveals the broken promises and empty words of the Peruvian authorities towards the environmental and human disaster left in oil lot 1AB after more than 43 years of oil production.

The festival aspires not only to witness the current state of our environment—the greater body that has been nourishing the human species—but aspires also to contemplate upon the integral spiritual values that form our relationship with Mother Earth and fellow species. It is not just a festival, but an opportunity to reflect upon our collective consciousness and the present human impulse that is participating in life's creation process. It is an event that hopes to envision what may help us harmonize our living and being - with authentic nature within and without. Check it out at: cultureunplugged.com. If you wish: watch Opening Film .

This is very important to us and the indigenous peoples of the northern Peruvian Amazon. It is a call of attention to the world about a problem that has not been solved at all and remians unsolved in the wake of a new bidding round for oil companies in the same area. Since May 14th, the Peruvian state is offering oil lot 192 on the international market to make sure the country’s most important oil production continues once the actual licence expires end of August 2015.

Business as usual it seems, but before signing a new contract, the state is obliged to respect indigenous rights and to organize a prior consent process. Currently the indigenous people of Fediquep and other indigenous organisations of the area find themselves in the midst of that important dialogue and are discussing the rights and rules for another 30 years of oil exploitation on their territories. They try to make sure the process it is not a mere formality but becomes a real dialogue where their demands for participation, transparency and guarantees are addressed before a new contract is signed. A huge challenge.

With your support we have been able to provide permanent advice and we are finishing an important article on the behaviour of the current company Pluspetrol Norte (publication for beginning of July!). We thank you strongly for that and hope we can continue supporting the indigenous people in their struggle for justice in this part of the Amazon.

Our next actions will be to:

  • Get the Pluspetrol publication printed and distributed to local communities and national and international audience.
  • Facilitate the travel of a big indigenous delegation to Iquitos for mid July when the process is in the dialogue stage.
  • Guarantee national and international lobby work during and after the consultation process.

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