David Hill: Ministry backs proposals for reserves for indigenous peoples, but they would overlap with hydrocarbon concessions
|Scooped by Gordon McGlone|
Invisible evidence - native peoples loose out over oil reserves.
We are part of nature and need more fully to understant human ecology, a subject that is little studied and poorly understood. However, where hydrocarbons are concerned people come a poor second and corpoarte integrity is often noticeable by its absence.
|| However, four of the five proposed reserves are currently overlapped to some degree by hydrocarbon concessions where various companies are at different stages of exploration or production, according to a government map dated November 2012.
Indeed, one of the proposed reserves, between the Napo and Tigre rivers in the Loreto department in northern Peru, is almost entirely overlapped by four concessions where one of the companies, Perenco, claims there is "no evidence" that the "isolated" people exist.
Another of the companies operating in this region, Repsol, acknowledged the "isolated" people exist in 2003, but has backtracked in recent years and made different statements claiming their existence is "possible" or that the company itself has never found any evidence.
Both Perenco and Repsol make these claims despite considerable proof of the "isolated" people collected over the years, and Peruvian and international opposition to their operations including lawsuits and appeals to the UN and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.||