Sarayaku People’s Struggle for Justice in Ecuador Presented in Interactive Digital Map

San José, December 2nd, 2016 – On the occasion of a public compliance hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights today, members of the indigenous Kichwa community in Sarayaku exposed the Ecuadorian State’s failure to comply with the 2012 judgment issues by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, using a new interactive digital story map to demonstrate how the Ecuadorian State parceled off even more of their territory to oil companies.

“The story map clearly shows how Ecuador has sold off concessions without respecting our rights, as we have regularly denounced,” said Félix Santi, president of the Sarayaku people.

Despite the fact that the aforementioned judgement ordered the State to consult with the Sarayaku people before selling new concessions, Ecuador concluded a new round of bidding on oil blocks, resulting in the concession of three new blocks that affect almost 91.18% of Sarayaku territory.

The story map – developed by CEJIL and Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), with support from Carlos Mazabanda, Geographer for Terra Mater; the Sarayaku community; and Amazon Watch – aims to strengthen the struggle for justice of the Sarayaku. Its publication coincides with a period of closer examination at a regional level of the impact that extractive industries and lack of free, prior and informed consultation have on indigenous communities and the environment at the national and regional level.

Read more or view the story map


Lisa Ling Joins The Amazon Conservation Team

The Amazon Conservation Team names journalist and environmentalist Lisa Ling as celebrity ambassador for protecting the Amazon

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is excited to announce that acclaimed journalist and television host Lisa Ling is lending her voice to help save the Amazon by joining our team and becoming an ambassador for ACT!

Ling hopes that her role as an ambassador will raise awareness about the plight of indigenous people of the Amazon, including uncontacted tribes, and help ACT spread their message of the importance of protecting South America’s remaining rainforests from further destruction and deforestation.

I'm honored and humbled to be an ambassador for the Amazon Conservation Team, a team that is making great strides in saving the planet,” says the award-winning journalist.

For her part, the new ACT ambassador is launching a video to help raise awareness and funding needed to preserve the Amazon’s rainforest. Please watch it here.


ACT Field Notes

By: João Carlos Nunes Batista
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
The Waurá of the Ulupuene village in the Xingu, Brazil came to us with a problem: their water supply had become contaminated by soybean crop pesticides. These pesticides are carried annually to the rivers of midwestern Brazil, often rendering the water unsuitable for human consumption. The Waurá had one request: clean water drawn from an open deep well with the support of the Amazon Conservation Team.
By: João Carlos Nunes Batista
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
An important piece of this effort is allowing Waurá youth to experience sacred sites that, until now, have only existed in their imaginations and the stories of their elders. Because of this effort, we were thrilled when we were given the opportunity for ACT to visit Kamukuaká Cave, one of these sacred sites, with several Waurá villagers from multiple generations.
By: Liliana Madrigal, co-founder of ACT
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016
In 1987, my friend Dr. Rob Peters and I were having dinner somewhere in Woodley Park on a temperate June evening. Although I had been involved in tropical forest conservation in Costa Rica, climate change was not a hot topic at the time. Rob, a biologist , began talking about his research. I remember his agitation at the fact that people were not paying attention to what he felt was a looming catastrophe for humanity: the rising temperature of our atmosphere.

ACT in the Press

Publication: Revista Arcadia (November 2016)

En 1941, Richard Evan Schultes realizó su primer viaje a la Amazonía colombiana como investigador asociado de la Universidad de Harvard. Tras sus peregrinaciones alertó a la comunidad internacional de la destrucción de la selva amazónica y el exterminio de las comunidades indígenas de la región.

Publication: The Fulbright Program (October 2016)

NEW YORK, September 28 2016 – Dr Mireya Mayor is one of seven Fulbright alumni who will receive the inaugural IIE Global Changemaker Award in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program at the Institute of International Education’s Annual Gala on September 28 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

By: Monica Andrea Saavedra Crespo
Publication: El Mundo (September 2016)

Mediante la firma de un convenio entre la Gerencia Indígena de Antioquia de la Gobernación y la Agencia Nacional de Tierras se espera dar solución a las solicitudes de titulación, ampliación y construcción de resguardos indígenas en el departamento.