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Biodiversity Threat – UN Warned About Oil Pipeline in Peru

More than 70% of the Peruvian Amazon has been leased by the government to oil companies. Much of this includes regions inhabited by uncontacted tribes.

Oil exploration is particularly dangerous to the Indians because it opens up previously remote areas to other outsiders, such as loggers and colonists. They use the roads and paths made by the exploration teams to enter.

Survival International estimates there are 15 uncontacted tribes in Peru, all of which live in the most remote, isolated regions of the Amazon rainforest. All of these people face terrible threats – to their land, livelihoods and, ultimately, their lives. Uncontacted tribes are extremely vulnerable to any form of contact with outsiders because they do not have immunity to Western diseases.

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