27 Feb '18, 6pm

Peru: Law prioritizes highway construction that could threaten indigenous communities

Peru: Law prioritizes highway construction that could threaten indigenous communities

Experts and indigenous leaders say that Law 30723 would affect protected natural areas and indigenous reserves inhabited by communities who choose to stay isolated. According to experts, the law would allow the construction of the Puerto Esperanza-Iñapari Highway, which would affect 275,000 hectares of primary forest. UCAYALI REGION, Peru — Peru has passed a controversial law that makes highway construction in border areas and maintaining trucking roads in the Ucayali Region a national priority. On January 22, the Congress of the Republic of Peru enacted the new law. The move has sparked serious concern because the construction of highways in this area of the country would put various areas at risk. These areas are home to Indigenous People in a Situation of Isolation and Initial Contact (PIACI), including the Mashco-Piro, Isconahua, Amahuaca, and others who inhabit the Uc...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/02/peru-law-prioritizes-hi...

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