Finally, after 18 years of red tape!
After “18 years of red tape”, the government of Peru finally went ahead and announced that they are going to establish a reserve for indigenous people.
The Yavarí Tapiche Indigenous Reserve will span 2.7 million acres in the AmazonRainforest. According to Mongabay News, indigenous tribes will be given the reserve which will be the first established reserve under the Peoples In Isolation and Initial Contact (PIACI) law in Peru.
In fact, Survival International described it in a tweet as a “huge win for #UncontactedTribes in Peru.
The Ministry of Culture has declared:
“It constitutes a historic milestone in the protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples in a situation of isolation and initial contact.”
“In 2013, Yavarí Tapiche obtained a favorable rating from the state, but received opposition from oil companies operating in that territory and there was a setback. They had to press hard for the Ministry of Culture to move forward,” pointed out Aidesep anthropologist Beatriz Huertas.
Meanwhile, Angela Arriola, an Indigenous peoples policies specialist, said in a media interview:
“The creation of Yavarí Tapiche is a great advance. However, the rest of the tools must be implemented as soon as possible to ensure their protection. It is a great step, a great advance, but management measures need to be implemented, only categorization is not a guarantee of protection.”
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