Indigenous Leaders from 4 Amazon River Basins Meet with Congress

The indigenous federations of FEDIQUEP (from the Pastaza River), FECONACO (Corrientes River), FECONAT (Tigres River) and ACODECOSPAT (Marañón River) met with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) to evaluate the advances of the Multisectoral Commision N°200-2012-PCM. The commission is responsible for identifying and finding solutions to the environmental and social problems in the basins of the Pastaza, Tigre, Corrientes and Maranon rivers.

The commission has made a trip to the Pastaza river basin to identify and analyze the environmental situation there. In the next meeting, the organizations expect the results of this visit, as well as a timeline for when the PCM will visit the remaining basins. Moreover, the recent allegations and actions against oil pollution in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, will also be part of the federations’ agenda, among other issues.

Meeting with Congress and Perupetro

The federations will meet with two Congress working groups, as part of the agenda of the Commission for Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian People, the Environment and Ecology, which is monitoring the environmental situation of the basins and aiding in the process of Previous Consultation for oil lot 192.

Additionally, the indigenous leaders have a meeting with Perupetro, which is responsible for the auctioning of lot 192 and Previous Consultation to the indigenous people who live in that area. Sources say the meeting will be informal and take place in the company’s national office.

FEDIQUEP, FECONACO, FECONAT and ACODECOSPAT form the organization, PUINAMUDT (Amazon Indigenous Peoples United in Defense of their Territories), dedicated to the defense of ancestral territories in the wake of 40 years of oil exploitation.

Deborah Rivett, Wednesday, 30 January 2013