UAC Response to Wikileaks Cable on Peruvian Mahogany

March 2011

A cable leaked on February 2nd through Wikileaks reveals that, in 2006, the Peruvian government reported 70‐90% of its mahogany exports were illegally harvested using “document falsification, timber extraction outside the concession boundaries and links to bribes.” Instead of following laws limiting mahogany extraction to commercial concessions, INRENA (Peru’s former National Institution for Natural Resources) sources, including the then‐US ambassador James Struble, documented illegal loggers taking advantage of indigenous communities by paying below‐market prices for mahogany within their reserves. The leak also exposed that INRENA knew 60% of its commercial mahogany concessions failed to meet management standards and that no concessions met high management standards.

The government responded in El Comercio on March 4th dismissing the relevance of the leaks, saying they are “old practices” from 2006 and that the problem of illegal logging has since been eliminated.

UAC believes the statements made by the government in El Comercio are 100% incorrect. Minister of Environment Antonio Brack’s declaration that “every cut mahogany log is controlled and georeferenced” is simply false. UAC reports from 2009 and 2010 document logging camps extracting mahogany trees in protected areas and indigenous lands. Illegal logging is a problem now more than ever.

Related Links:

The leaked cable.

The Peruvian Government response.

Survival International’s article on the leaks.

El Mundo (a Spanish newspaper) response:



Incredible New Photos of Voluntarily Isolated Tribe on Brazil-Peru Border

 February 2011

Astonishing aerial photos and video of voluntarily isolated tribes take near Brazil-Peru border.

See links below:

Miami Herald Reports on Mahogany Logging in Purús Region

November 2010

See the story in The Miami Herald, including an interview with Upper Amazon Conservancy Director Chris Fagan, here.


The Upper Amazon Conservancy’s investigations are part of a larger effort here to protect the greater Alto Purus ecosystem; one of the wildest places left on the planet – home to still undocumented species of plants and wildlife, voluntarily-isolated peoples and a carbon sink of international significance.

To read more about the Upper Amazon Conservancy and its work in Peru, see our FACT SHEET (PDF 412K).

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UAC Overflights Reveal Illegal Settlements in Park; Seed Project Underway

August 2010

Click on links below to find out more.

Illegal Mahogany Logging Continues in the Murunahua Uncontacted Reserve

July 2010

Read the full press release below:

Read Survival International’s Response to the Upper Amazon Conservancy’s Work here.

Oil Companies Banned From Uncontacted Tribes’ Reserve

May 2010

Read the Press Release from Survival International here.


Sacred Lands Report on the Alto Purús

June 2009

Interesting report on the Alto Purús region by the Sacred Lands Film Project. 

Click here.