Isolated Indigenous Peoples in Peru: How the FSC is borrowing from Big Oil's playbook


This article describes how over a decade, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been certifying two logging concessions of the Maderera Canales Tahuamanu (MCT) company in the Madre de Dios region, which includes territories of indigenous peoples in ‘isolation’, known as the “Mashco-Piro”. The certifying company has turned a blind eye to the fact that the Peruvian government has not only not demarcated the indigenous territory but has also given the company two contracts for concessions. FSC claiming that the company´s concessions are not part of the Mashco-Piro territories reminds what certain oil and gas companies have increasingly done “in an attempt to defend their operations in parts of the remote Amazon inhabited by Indigenous People in ‘isolation’: claim they don’t exist, or there’s no evidence for them, or they don’t use the areas where the company is operating”. Read the article in English here.