World Rainforest Movement

Peru and Brazil: Matsés indigenous peoples against oil industry activity

Gathered at a fourth binational meeting, representatives of the Matsés indigenous peoples’ from Brazil and Peru expressed their opposition to all oil industry activity within their territories in both countries. The Matsés have already suffered the social impacts of oil exploration and experienced its drastic consequences for the flora, fauna and water resources. This is why they demand that the authorities respect their stance, particularly with regard to the defence of the Yaquerana River basin, which is home to indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation, they stressed.

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