Amazon Sacred Headwaters

The Amazon Sacred Headwaters spans 74 million acres of rainforest in Ecuador and Peru, is home to nearly half a million indigenous peoples from 20 different nationalities and is one of the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystems on the planet.

Despite being one of the birthplaces of the Amazon River that is still relatively intact, this region is facing imminent threats from the expansion of oil, mining, and other extractive industries. Indigenous federations and nationalities from the region are calling for the governments of Ecuador and Peru to stop expanding new fossil fuel and mining development.

They have been and are actively resisting and defending their ancestral territories from massive threats from resource extraction that will expand oil spills and toxicity and result in new roads that are a gateway to large-scale deforestation.

Indigenous leaders from the region see protecting the Amazon Sacred Headwaters as a critical need for their cultural survival and as something that benefits all of humanity.

“As indigenous peoples from the region, what happens to the land and the waters happens to us. For too long, our communities have been fractured and harmed by the toxic legacy of industrial extraction. We are united in our solidarity and call for a new era where this region is respected and protected as sacred, ”

- Domingo Peas Nampichkai, Achuar Leader from CONFENIAE (indigenous organization of the Ecuadorian Amazon).

Protecting the Sacred Headwaters of the Amazon

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