Indigenous organizations declare “emergency” in Amazonia

Indigenous organizations from the tri-border area where Peru‘s Madre de Dios region, Bolivia’s Pando department and Brazil‘s Acre state come together met in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Sept. 28, and issued a statement declaring a “state of emergency” throughout the Amazon rainforest due to the “intense promotion, approval and execution of mega-projects by the governments of the three countries.” The Fourth Tri-national Encuentro of Indigenous Peoples especially demanded cancellation of the Inambari hydro-electric plant in Madre de Dios and the Cachuela Esperanza hydro-dam in Pando. The meeting was called by the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA). (La Republica, Lima, Servindi, Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources, Sept. 29)

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