Oil exploitation in indigenous territories

Oil exploitation in indigenous territories
2012. Matsé man and his son © Survival International

Oil exploitation in indigenous territories

Some matsé groups in Peru are still relatively isolated in their communal lands, leading a traditional life as hunter-gatherers combined with itinerant farming in their plots and daily fishing in the river Yaquerana, as can be seen in the picture of the man and his son.

They have avoided joining the dominant economic system, undergoing truly difficult situations as in the 90s, when they were threatened by rubber-tappers. Currently, they are again under threat from oil exploitation, which will destroy the fragile balance with their natural terrain unless it is stopped, and will also provoke serious cases of poverty and acculturation.