Fighting to protect Peru's uncontacted tribes
While Peru has created some reserves to protect the tribes, the international Camisea Gas Project threatens the borders of the territory, and brings with it the possibility of disease exposure to a vulnerable population. Recent expansion of the project has drawn criticism from environmentalist and indigenous rights campaigners.
Surival International recently launched a campaign aimed at encouraging tourists visiting Machu Picchu to pressure the Peruvian government to advocate on behalf of the threatened people.
Rebecca Spooner is Survival International's Peru campaigner. She joins Worldview to explain how the exploration for oil and gas in Peru's remote Amazon region has led to devastating consequences for the area's indigenous population, and what Survival International is doing to protect the rights, and lives, of the Mashco-Piro, Nanti, Yora and other uncontacted people.