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Peruvians fighting palm plantations: 'We are prepared to give our lives to defend what is ours'

Peruvians fighting palm plantations: 'We are prepared to give our lives to defend what is ours'

by Santa Clara de Uchunya

The indigenous community of Santa Clara de Uchunya in the Peruvian Amazon say their ancestral forests and rivers are threatened by the "aggressive expansion" of nearby palm oil plantations. This film tells their story. 

After years of campaigning by the community, Plantaciones Pucallpa S.A.C., a Malaysian owned palm oil producer with plantations in Peru's eastern Ucayali region, was was issued a "Stop Work Order" on April 26 by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industrial body set up to promote ‘sustainable’ palm oil production.

"It appears that Plantaciones has cleared primary forest progressively since 2011," RSPO complaints coordinator Ravin Krishnan said in a letter to the company. Destroying primary forest is illegal in Peru.

Plantaciones were given 14 days to respond.

(en español)

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