What is an isolated country

Protect the isolated indigenous peoples of Peru!

Secluded from the outside world, they live in the largely untouched depths of the Amazon rainforest in Peru. The forest is their home, their habitat and their food source. Around 5,000 isolated indigenous people still migrate through large areas of the rainforest, some of them nomadically - and often encounter deadly dangers.

Because the Amazon rainforest in Peru is threatened and with it the livelihood of the isolated indigenous peoples. Again and again penetrate illegal loggers, gold miners or poachers into the areas, cut aisles in the forest or poison the rivers with mercury when the gold is washed out. Reports of conflicts leading to violence against these indigenous people or even murder unfortunately occur almost every week.

But even with a peaceful contact with the world outside the rainforest, extreme caution is advised: The Disease transmission can have dire consequences for indigenous peoples who do not have the necessary antibodies due to their isolated way of life. Often these people therefore do not want any contact with the outside world. They want to protect themselves from illness and violence through self-chosen isolation.

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What are isolated indigenous peoples or PIACI?

"Isolated indigenous people" are indigenous people who in remote locations largely without contact with the outside world Life. They often live nomadically and move in family groups, for example through the Amazon rainforest. The Spanish name, which also includes indigenous people at the stage of first contact, is "P.uneventfulI.ndigenas enA.islamiento yC.ontactoI.nicial "and is abbreviated to PIACI.

In Peru, PIACI enjoy a special status that grants them their own territories and certain rights. You are not allowed to actively contact them, take photos and medical care is only allowed to a limited extent. Because even doctors can carry supposedly harmless germs against which the indigenous people have no antibodies. The protection of the PIACI is inextricably linked with the protection of their livelihood, the Amazon rainforest.

Jaguar and river dolphin in danger

Extremely rare animal species such as the jaguar or the river dolphin still live in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. The area is one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. Researchers also assume that there are numerous animal and plant species that have not yet been discovered. The destruction of the forest is the main cause of greenhouse gases in the Amazon countries. If the Amazon rainforest is not protected, the climate targets of the 2015 Paris Agreement will be a long way off.

 

Emergency brake on overexploitation: Peru wants to protect its rainforest

Now there is a unique opportunity to protect the isolated indigenous population in the rainforests of Peru from outside influences. Because the government of Peru has agreed to ensure the protection of a total of seven million hectares of rainforest - an area the size of Bavaria! 3.5 million hectares are already under protection, but there is a lack of measures that guarantee this protection and there is a lack of awareness-raising work in the neighboring communities. Another 3.5 million hectares of land have already been determined, but the poverty-stricken country Peru lacks the means to designate these areas.

Now the Peruvian government has signed a cooperation agreement with WWF on this issue. The WWF has therefore developed a program to support the Peruvian government in implementing the necessary protective measures and relocating.

Key actions: studies, checkpoints and health plans

An important measure to stop illegal intruders, isControl posts on central access roads set up. Such a checkpoint already exists in the indigenous territory of Madre de Dios, but the necessary equipment is lacking. So far there is only a largely empty building, for which furniture, clothing, radios, etc. are urgently needed. The WWF wants to support the professional equipment of the control post and prepare a financial plan for the operation of the item.

The WWF program also includes a study for the designation of new protected areas in the Napo Tigre indigenous territory. Before an area is placed under protection, an extensive analysis is required: Where exactly should the borders run? What about the ownership structure? What is the value of the area from the point of view of biodiversity and climate protection? The consent of the local population is also essential. Only when all these factors have been analyzed and clarified in a study can measures to protect the indigenous Napo Tigre territory begin.

Sometimes isolated indigenous people seek contact with other indigenous people or outsiders on their own initiative. But it is not uncommon for the most serious health problems to arise because relatively everyday illnesses can also lead to a dangerous threat. Even entire communities have perished from introduced diseases. The WWF wants to improve the control of these threats and a health plan for the affected indigenous peoples Create in Madre Dios.

We can now seize the opportunity to protect eight million hectares of Amazon rainforest in Peru and thus secure the livelihoods of 5,000 isolated indigenous people, preserve an area of ‚Äč‚Äčinestimable biodiversity and at the same time come closer to the climate goals of Paris.

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