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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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NEYRA-SOUPPLET, Raquel-Viviana. “It all starts Local”: Self-Government and Alternatives to Extractivism of the Amazon Peoples of Peru. Letras Verdes [online]. 2022, n.32, pp.24-43.  Epub Feb 01, 2022. ISSN 1390-6631.

Amazonian indigenous peoples demand the integral delimitation of their territory, which includes hunting and fishing areas, in response to territorial invasion by extractive activities. These peoples have developed management and territorial planning proposals as concrete local alternatives. After reviewing the extractivist moment in which Peru finds itself, the proposals for alternatives registered in the Atlas of Environmental Justice based on the parameter “Result of the conflict” are analyzed. Common features of stalled conflicts that led to successful resistance, albeit temporary, are identified. We delve into the most elaborate and advanced concrete proposals made by the Amazonian indigenous peoples in agreement with local state agencies in charge of the Amazon Forest, and the legal or illegal activities that threaten even their existence with murders of environmental defenders. It is concluded that local self-government is an important response to extractivism.

Keywords : Amazonia; indigenous people; self-governement; social conflict; territorial rights.

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