Peru Signs Bill to Protect 5,000sq Miles of Amazon from Mining

Peru Signs Bill to Protect 5,000sq Miles of Amazon from Mining

Originally posted by telesurtv. 09/11/2015. Turning a large portion of the Amazon into a national park will protect more than 5,000 square miles of the biodiverse woodland. Peru has turned a large portion of the Amazon basin into a national park in what will protect the biodiverse region from the...

Yaigojé-Apaporis: Colombian Constitutional Court decision to reject mining could change the history of the Amazon

Yaigojé-Apaporis: Colombian Constitutional Court decision to reject mining could change the history of the Amazon

After five years of legal uncertainty, the Colombian Constitutional court finally made clear that a National Park prevails over a mining title. A victory for nature and indigenous peoples and a precedent in defense of territory for communities all around the world! In our time of devastation in the natural...

Local researchers from YAIA receive the Equator Initiative Prize from UNDP in the Amazon

Local researchers from YAIA receive the Equator Initiative Prize from UNDP in the Amazon

Every two years, UNDP´s Equator Initiative Prize recognizes 26 initiatives led by local and indigenous authorities, which are examples of sustainability for people, nature and communities that promote environmental conservation and poverty reduction. Last year, the award was given to the group of local researchers YAIA (Yaigojé-Apaporis Investigadores Ambientales), who belong...

Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’

Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’

Originally posted on Aljazeera America. By Renee Lewis. ALGARROBOS, Dominican Republic — “This is no longer a local fight, but a fight for the life of this country as a whole,” said Tony Sánchez, referring to Loma Miranda, a mountain in central Dominican Republic that activists say is threatened by...

Yaigoje Apaporis, threatened by gold mining in Colombia

Yaigoje Apaporis, threatened by gold mining in Colombia

Indigenous communities living along the lower Apaporis River, in the heart of the Colombian Amazon, have been carrying a legal battle for more than 3 years to protect their ancestral lands – more than 1,000,000 hectares of pristine rainforest – from gold-mining. Yaigoje Apaporis, threatened by gold mining The lower...