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.
Jan 29, 2016

Early Beginnings

Deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation
Deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation

First of all I would like to thank you for your support of this new program which Alianza Arkana is launching in the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon, where we are seeing many threats to the environment and the traditional indigenous ways of life due to the activity of large-scale extractive industries, notably oil and gas companies, mining, logging and palm oil cultivation.

In these last months, we have been researching the current issues facing Shipibo communities by talking with with local and regional political organizations. Many oil and gas companies have now temporarily suspended activities due to the low price of crude oil. However, in many communities they are poised to restart operations so the same need still exists to inform communities of their rights in relation to the activities of these companies, as we have previously done (see  our blog)

The major new threat emerging is the activity of palm oil cultivation. For a good account of what has been happening in one Shipibo community, see this press release from Forest Peoples Program. The attached photo from another good article about this recent development shows the results of deforestation caused by this activity.

We are delighted that we have found someone - Thomas Younger - to head up this new program. Thomas is very experienced in this area and previously worked at Life Mosaic, an organization based in Scotland, supporting indigenous peoples to defend their rights, territories and culture.

Thomas will be starting with us in early February. We look forward to continue to inform you of the progres of this area of our work.

upports indigenous peoples to defend their rights, territories and cultures - See more at: http://www.lifemosaic.net/eng/about/what-we-do/#sthash.7bLDZf9e.dpuf
Dec 17, 2015

Update on Alianza Arkana learning community and our work

Training carpenters to build eco-latrines
Training carpenters to build eco-latrines

First of all, regarding the Alianza Arkana online learning community, I'm sorry we had to postpone the course with Dennis McKenna in October -I know many of you were looking forward to it. Dennis had to withdraw at the last moment because of pressure of work and said he would rather do it next March when he can do it proper justice.

We tried to find someone to substitute Dennis at the last minute but that was not possible.

Brian Best, specialist in regenerative solutions for Alianza Arkana, gave the next course in November on a subject very dear to his heart - 'poop' or, in more formal language, 'eco-sanitation.' See his blog:

https://alianzaarkana.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/its-time-to-really-start-giving-a-shit-about-world-toilet-day-wecantwait/

Next year, in addition to the course in March on 'the Chemistry of the Amazon' with Dennis Mckenna - the renowned ethnobotanist and one of the most respected elders in the ayahuasca world - we have two great courses lined up:

  • In January, on 'Gaia theory' with Dr. Stephan Harding, the ecologist at Schumacher College, England and collaborator with James Lovelock.
  • In February, on 'Open Source Reality' with Mitch Schultz, who made the documentary 'DMT: the Spirit Molecule'.

 

We have launched our beautiful new website. If you have not seen it, check out:

http://alianzaarkana.org/

We have continued to be busy in each of our three program areas:

  • Brian Best, in addition to running the online learning course, has been - together with our Director of Regenerative Solutions, Orestes Rengifo Cauper - providing technical assistance to the Municipality of Indiana, near Iquitos, to train carpentry teams who are constructing 152 floating and elevated composting toilets with rainwater capture and bathing platforms for 18 communities, in collaboration with UNICEF.
  • We hosted an important meeting for representatives of ORAU (the regional political indigenous peoples organization) and ten intercultural teachers at our combined permaculture and education project in the community of Santa Clara. This project is a working example of an innovative approach to intercultural education for ORAU for their new initiative in intercultural education. For more info about the visit, see:

         https://alianzaarkana.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/educating-interculturally/

         Also, we have just had a large harvest of bananas and yuca from the permaculture project with fruit soon to follow.

  • We have recruited an intern to lead our ecosocial justice program. He will be starting in February. More news on this to follow.

 

I'd like to thank you all for your continuing support of Alianza Arkana.

Best seasonal wishes

Dr Paul Roberts, Director Intercultural Education.

 

Team in Indiana with Brian Best (the tall gringo)
Team in Indiana with Brian Best (the tall gringo)
Nearly finished eco-latrina in Indiana
Nearly finished eco-latrina in Indiana
Showing the harvest of yuca and platano (banana)
Showing the harvest of yuca and platano (banana)
Banana harvest from Santa Clara
Banana harvest from Santa Clara
Dec 9, 2015

Final Report

First of all, we would like to thank you again for all your past support for this project. Receiving regular donations like this is an enormous help in enabling us to plan and carry out our work.

I hope you received our recent email where we announced the impending closure of this project.

Alianza Arkana will continue doing work related to eco-social justice with Shipibo communities in the Ucayali region and the southern part of Loreto. Please see the new AA Global Giving Project Page and the short video on this called 'Support Indigenous Rights in the Peruvian Amazon':

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-indigenous-rights-in-the-peruvian-amazon/

In relation to the donations that you have been regularly making to this project, as I wrote before, we would like to offer you three options:

  1. That you transfer your donations to the Chaikuni Institute to continue the work in the Loreto region.

       2. That you donate to the new Alianza Arkana project page on Global Giving to support eco-social justice work with  Shipibo communities:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-indigenous-rights-in-the-peruvian-amazon/

.      3. That you split your donation between the Chaikuni Institute and the new project page for Alianza Arkana.

Once again, many thanks for your support.

Best wishes

Dr Paul Roberts, Intercultural Education Director, Alianza Arkana

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $15
    give
  • $25
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $250
    give
  • $15
    each month
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $250
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?