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Hydrocarbons and infrastructure



Building highways or developing hydrocarbon projects in areas as fragile as the Amazon may bring about effects that frequently are not appropriately anticipated; such as uncontrolled migration, environmental degradation and serious cultural impacts. WWF Peru fosters the implementation of international environmental and social standards within these projects, and works with authorities, financiers, businesses and local communities to prevent and mitigate their impacts while aiming towards a sustainable development.

The Corrientes River in Loreto is part of the largest Ramsar Site in the entire Amazon and a resources source for Achuar, Kichwa and Urarina indigenous communities. However, it has been contaminated by two of the most important oil blocks in the country during 30 years.

In 2000, WWF Peru began to work hand in hand with the communities and local partners to strengthen their capacities and promote important research that prompted the Government and involved companies to acknowledge the serious existing contamination for the first time. In 2006, the Achuar population was able to commit the company to reinject 100% of the contaminated water resulting from oil production into the subsoil and since then, the communities personally monitor the water quality of the Corrientes River.

On the other hand, in 2003 WWF promoted the adoption of international standards as part of the conditions required by the Inter-American Development Bank to approve the loan to execute the largest gas project in Peru, in Camisea.

Also, in 2007 it was part of a group of organizations that successfully demanded the implementation of improvements in the main pipeline, which had already caused six spills. In this sense, WWF has contributed towards the prevention and mitigation of impacts from some of the most sensitive energy projects in the Peruvian Amazon, from the promotion of improved practices to supportive actions with the indigenous communities.

 
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