Articles

  • Unpicking what climate change may mean for Peru

    24 March 2014

    In December this year, Peru will host the COP-20 meeting on worldwide climate change.  Peru accounts for just 0.7% of global greenhouse gases, but it is one of the countries most seriously threatened by the impacts of climate change. It is to be hoped therefore, that the hosting of COP-20 will galvanise public opinion and force the political class to think more purposefully long-term in devising ways of mitigating the likely effects.

  • Government threatens weakening environmental controls on gas and oil exploration

    24 March 2014

    The new minister of energy and mines, Eleodoro Mayorga, announced on March 6 that the government ‘was going to eliminate the requirement for Environmental Impact Studies [EIAs] for seismic exploration’ for oil and gas.A storm of protest has since erupted,

  • Mining and Undermining

    24 March 2014

    In recent weeks, attacks have been launched in the Peruvian media against European organisations which – supposedly – want to frustrate Peru’s bid to attract foreign investment into the country’s mining sector.  These organisations have been described as ‘anti-mining’. 

  • Battle over mining tax for regions as elections near

    28 FEBRUARY 2014

    Sharp falls are strengthening calls for reform of a system that benefits only a few areas, but can vested interests be overcome to smooth regional budgets?

  • Protests and film challenge closure of forced sterilisation inquiry

    28 FEBRUARY 2014

    Women who faced forced sterilisation in 1990s Peru have taken action against the closure of an investigation into former president and ministers.

  • Climate change at home: Peru readies for global negotiations

    28 January 2014

    As Peru prepares to host this year's UN climate summit, the Environment Minister discusses action to address pollution, logging and forest peoples' rights.

  • President Humala at the half-way mark

    28 January 2014

    At the midpoint of Humala's administration, we examine whether any of Humala's promised 'transfomation' has arrived

  • Towards an evaluation of 2013: Socio-environmental trends in Peru

    27 JANUARY 2014

    2013 saw fewer social and environmental conflicts in Peru than the previous year, but what could spark confrontation in 2014? Cooperacción highlight indigenous rights, mining tax and land planning.

  • War orphans search for their relatives in unearthed graves

    18 DECEMBER 2013

    Deeply moving reporting of exhumations from the place that saw the most intense killings during Peru's internal conflict.

  • Journey to Chungui: Recovering remains from Peru's conflict

    17 DECEMBER 2013

    Reporter Miguel Mejía Castro joins citizens of Ayacucho exhuming their relatives' bodies in Peru's most ambitious post-conflict forensic operation.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • PSG MineWatch

    There are numerous social conflicts related to extractive concessions operated by British firms in Peru. This PSG database shows which firms and which projects have proved the most contentious this month.

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