Peru signs agreement in favor of Local Communities

Peru signs agreement in favor of Local Communities
Tuesday November 17, 2015
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On November 10.an Executive Branch Committee, composed of members of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and community leaders across Tigre, Corrientes and Marañon river basins in Loreto region, signed agreements on health, housing, education and environmental protection.

Held at the Achuar community Jose Olaya located in the Corrientes river basin in Trompeteros town (Loreto), this meeting took place as part of the commitments previously established in coordination with the “apus” (chiefs) and presidents of local associations.

Representatives of the following sectors: Energy and Mines, Environment, Development and Social Inclusion, Culture, Agriculture and Education agreed with the presidents of indigenous associations FECONACO, FEDIQUEP, OPIKAFPE and ACODECOSPAT to implement the first phase of an epidemiological and toxicological study between Nov. 5 and Dec. 20. The study will measure levels of pollution along the four basins. Over 120 communities will be the first beneficiaries of the land titling process to which end, an agreement will be signed with the associations on November 26 in Lima.

The meeting also agreed that Peru’s Cooperation Fund for Social Development (Foncodes), which will invest S/.25 million (about US$7.5 million) in the four basins, will be charge of a productive project introduced by the Corrientes river basin association.

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