Support Indigenous Rights in the Peruvian Amazon

by Alianza Arkana


Palm oil, oil and gas company activity is increasingly affecting Shipibo communities on and around the Ucayali river - one of the main tributaries of the Amazon - in Peru. Support educational workshops to enable the Shipibo people to be more aware of their rights so they can defend their territories better, make more informed decisions regarding the activity of extractive industries in their homelands, and learn how to use new media to monitor and publicize harm caused by those activities

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Palm oil deforestation is fast encroaching on Shipibo communities and threatening the fabric of their culture, land, livelihood and survival. Three years ago, the Peruvian Government granted extensive concessions to oil and gas companies to do exploration and production on Shipibo homelands. In the two Shipibo communities where this has been happening for forty years, oil company activity has resulted in the neglect of human rights, grave environmental contamination and major health problems.


Our ecosocial justice program will include workshops for indigenous communities to: inform people of their human rights and the legal processes companies are required to follow; bring people together from communities already affected by industry activity to share information and work in solidarity; train people to use cellphones and new media to report and publicize what is happening on their territories; and enable communities to make more informed decisions in the defense of their lands.

Long-Term Impact

Through better understanding of their human rights, legal advice, and having the ability to use new media to communicate in solidarity, and to report incidents where serious environmental damage has occurred, the 100 or so Shipibo communities whose territories are potentially at risk will be better able to defend those territories, help prevent major damage to their natural environment, and ensure the well-being and health of their community members, and of the Amazon rainforest at large.


The organization carrying out the project.
Recent report on oil company activity in Loreto.
Film about oil company activity on river Pastaza.

Organization Information

Alianza Arkana

Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Thomas Younger
Yarinacocha, Ucayali Peru
$2,919 raised of $10,000 goal
73 donations
$7,081 to go
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