Chris Fagan

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Narco-Traffickers Threaten Tribes Near Purús

August 2011 “SAO PAULO (AP) — Suspected Peruvian drug traffickers recently overran a base of the National Indian Foundation in a remote region of Brazil’s Amazon, the foundation said Tuesday. The base was “invaded and looted late July by Peruvian drug traffickers” who were armed and chased away members of an isolated tribe living in the area, said the statement from the foundation, which is known as Funai and oversees indigenous issues in Brazil.”   Voluntarily isolated tribes everywhere are facing new and unprecedented pressures – and the region near the Peru-Brazil border, very near to the Purús, has recently come under international scrutiny. As pressure mounts, Peru’s protected areas, including the Alto Purús, will become ever more important. Read a follow-up from …

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Upper Amazon Conservancy Making Headlines

June 2011 The Upper Amazon Conservancy prides itself on the time it spends in the field, working hand in hand with indigenous groups, local community leaders and the Peruvian Park Service. UAC’s grassroots efforts are increasingly attracting the attention of a range of media outlets, from  National Geographic to the Miami Herald, allowing us to help raise awareness of issues effecting the Purús, its unspoiled ecosystems and the voluntarily-isolated tribes of the region. Our efforts are paying off. From National Geographic : “Peru says it will bolster protections for uncontacted tribes roaming the deep Amazon after a public row erupted last week that sent indigenous affairs officials scrambling for cover. The debate began in recent days after officials from the outgoing …

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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 …

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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: Survival International press release. Wired article. NYTimes Green Blog.

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). For more information, contact Chris Fagan at email hidden; JavaScript is required or Francisco Estremadoyro at email hidden; JavaScript is required, or see our website at

UAC Overflights Reveal Illegal Settlements in Park; Seed Project Underway

August 2010 Click on links below to find out more. Overflight Reveals Illegal Settlement in the Alto Purús National Park. UAC Signs Agreement for Mahogany Seed Project.

Illegal Mahogany Logging Continues in the Murunahua Uncontacted Reserve

July 2010 Read the full press release below: Illegal Mahogany Logging Continues in the Murunahua Uncontacted Reserve. Read Survival International’s Response to the Upper Amazon Conservancy’s Work here.

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