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OIL

OIL

Proposed oil drilling projects are currently the biggest threat to our way of life. We have a long history of opposition against oil exploitation in our territories, because of its social, cultural and environmental impacts. In November 2011, the Ecuadorian government began a new oil round to auction the entire central southern Amazon. As we had done many times before, we resisted this incursion, but the government isn’t giving up. On April 16, 2015, the Ecuadorian government signed two new exploration and exploitation contracts. One of the contracts was for Block 28, which affects the Pastaza and Napo province, in southeastern Ecuador. The other was for the exploitation of Blocks 79 and 83, which affected Kichwa, Sápara, Shiwiar territory and the territory of peoples in voluntary isolation. Not only will oil exploitation seriously and directly affect the populations of Pastaza and Napo health wise, socially, environmentally and economically, but it will also affect indigenous communities of the Pastaza and Napo watersheds living on the banks of the rivers all the way down to the Peruvian border, as well as peoples living in voluntary isolation, who are extremely vulnerable as they depend 100% on nature and clean water from the rivers for their survival. The impacts of oil exploitation will have devastating effects on indigenous people and our way of life.

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