Life on the Amazon oil frontier: From exploration to ecotourism (Mongabay)

LLANCHAMA, ECUADOR - A long passenger boat floats abandoned outside Andres Machoa’s house, along the Tiputini River in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. The community bought the boat more than five years ago when the state-owned oil company, Petroamazonas, moved into the area and promised everyone stable jobs, including as water taxi conductors to transport their staff …

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Historic win by Ecuador’s Waorani could re-shape extraction activities (Mongabay)

QUITO, ECUADOR — The indigenous Waorani community in Ecuador won a historic lawsuit against the government late last month, when a three-judge panel ruled that a consultation process conducted with the community in 2012 was inadequate and violated the community’s rights. The ruling immediately suspends any possibility of selling the community’s territory for the sake …

Indigenous Waorani win landmark legal case against Ecuador gov’t (Al Jazeera)

QUITO, ECUADOR - The indigenous Waorani community in Ecuador won a landmark lawsuit on Friday against three government bodies for conducting a faulty consultation process with the community before putting their territory up for sale in an international oil auction. The ruling immediately suspends any possibility of selling the community's land for oil exploration. It …

How Drones and GPS Are Helping Indigenous People in Ecuador Save the Amazon (The Pacific Standard)

SINANGOE, ECUADOR — The day begins with everyone drinking a big cup of Yoko. A man called Viejo ("old man," in Spanish) carves the bark off a special vine found only in the Amazon highlands and mixes it with water. The resulting brew has a gritty texture and a bitter, earthy taste and gives the …

“Feminism and Photojournalism in Latin America” (Exhibition: Antwerp, Belgium)

ANTWERP, BELGIUM - I had the privilege of participating in this photo exhibition in Belgium - "Feminism and Photojournalism in Latin America" - with other talented women photographers from all over Central and South America. The exhibition ran from March-June, 2019 in a space called Mundana in Antwerp, Belgium. It was curated by Javier Perugachi. …

Indigenous group sues Ecuador for earmarking its land for oil drilling (Mongabay)

PUYO, Ecuador — An indigenous community in Ecuador has filed a lawsuit against the government for failing to consult with it before putting its territory up for sale to the oil industry. The Waorani community announced the lawsuit Feb. 27 with a historic march through the city of Puyo, capital of the Amazon province of …

Time to shift focus to existing environmental laws, says new UN report (Mongabay)

QUITO, ECUADOR - The most important thing we can do to address climate change isn’t to create new regulations, but ensure that countries comply with the regulations that already exist. That’s according to the first ever report on environmental policies worldwide, released by the UN on Jan. 24. The report concludes that environmental concerns have …

California split over carbon trading plan for tropical forests (Reuters)

QUITO, ECUADOR - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indigenous leaders from tropical forest nations have urged Californian regulators to reject a proposed international carbon trading scheme, arguing it would violate forest peoples' rights. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is due to decide in April whether to adopt the California Tropical Forest Standard (TFS), a controversial plan …

Rock icon Roger Waters denounces Chevron in Ecuador (Mongabay)

QUITO, ECUADOR – Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters took a break from his South America-Mexico tour on Tuesday to visit Ecuador and denounce oil giant Chevron Texaco. Rogers said he wanted to draw attention to cleanup in the Amazon Rainforest the company was ordered to carry out by a judge in Ecuador, who also …

Ecuador’s indigenous march over 600km to demand an end to mining (Al Jazeera)

QUITO, ECUADOR - More than 1,500 indigenous protesters had a clear message as they march through Ecuador's capital Quito on Wednesday: Stop mining on, or near, indigenous territory. "We need to fight together," said Alexandra, a Kichwa indigenous woman who walked more than 600km in traditional sandals from the southern Amazonian province of Zamora Chinchipe …