June 13, 2024

Illegal Activities Threaten Indigenous Isolation in Peru: Aerial Images Reveal Clandestine Landing Strip, Open Pits and Illegal Coca Crops in Kakataibo Reserve.

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Confirmation of Secret Tracks and Illegal Crops in the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve in Peru through Photographs

On Friday, March 15, 2024, a photograph was captured during an overflight in the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve that revealed a clandestine landing strip. Located in Peru and meant for indigenous people in isolation and initial contact, the reserve is situated between Loreto, Ucayali, and Huánuco regions.

During the flight, two open pits were also discovered in the forest, as well as a large amount of illegal coca leaf crops. This confirmed that drug trafficking activities were encroaching on the territory of the Kakataibo people. Indigenous leaders from the Native Federation of Kakataibo Communities (Fenacoka) participated in the flight and expressed their concern over the situation.

The flight was organized by the Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Jungle (Aidesep) and included representatives from the Ministry of Culture (Mincul). The purpose of the flight was to verify the extent of illegal activities within the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve, which was only categorized in 2021.

Satellite images from May 2023 had already shown evidence of clandestine landing strips, unauthorized forest roads, and deforestation in and around the reserve. This prompted indigenous organizations to request precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to protect

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