News & Analysis

Slow progress on conservation

The regional government of Cusco and ACCA, the Asociación de Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica, initiated a plan for a regional conservation area known as Ausangate in 2008. But only in August of this year will it be presented to the National Government for approval...

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Serious Concerns at the Rio Blanco mine

The huge copper deposit known as Henry's Hill, close to the border between Peru and Ecuador, is continuing to be a focus of conflict and concern. In 2007 a referendum produced an eloquent result: 97% of the voters against the continuation of the development of the...

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Fujimorista tactics in Congress become evident

In the past year Keiko Fujimori’s popularity has fallen by 20% and her party is doing all it can to regain it. But this in undermined by the lack of popularity of their members of congress, many of them involved in corruption scandals. This week the case of Yesenia...

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Who controls the Constitutional Tribunal?

Those who control the body charged with deciding on whether laws are constitutional or not occupy a key role in any political system. In Peru, it is the role of the Constitutional Tribunal, a body of seven men (all are men, there are no women) who rule on whether laws...

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Modern technology helps the environmental battle

The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is reporting successful use by Peruvian Amazonian communities of an app they have developed. Their 'ForestLink' system can be used by remote communities to send alerts and evidence of threats, including illegal mining and oil...

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Formal launch of the ‘Responsible Mining Index’

In April we reported the creation of the 'Responsible Mining index', an initiative sponsored by the Netherlands government. Its formal public launch has now taken place, on 4 July at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague. The speaker from 'the producing...

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