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Peru targets illegal fishing with open satellite data

By Mark A. Bonta / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Peru targets illegal fishing with open satellite data

A knowledge revolution in sustainable fishing is taking place on the high seas. The Peruvian government is now allowing public access to its satellite data on fishing activity in its territorial waters. Peru is only the second country, after Indonesia, to share its tracking data on the vessels fishing (and overfishing) their incredibly rich marine […]

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Thousands of impoverished women sterilized

By Mark A. Bonta / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Thousands of impoverished women sterilized

After sitting on the charges for 14 years, Peru’s attorney general has formally accused jailed former President Alberto Fujimori and three of his health ministers of a program of forced sterilization between 1996 and 2000. A total of 2,166 women have alleged that they were given tubal ligatures without their consent and without understanding the […]

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Trans trafficking victims neglected in Peru

By Mark A. Bonta / September 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Trans trafficking victims neglected in Peru

Peru needs to do more to protect transgender women from human trafficking. Often rejected by their families and communities, Peruvian transgender women who migrate to cities can be drawn into a web of exploitation, including forced labor and sexual exploitation, that can lead to imprisonment and disappearance. At present, the Peruvian government has provided little […]

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In the wake of war, Vicuña herds bring the wages of peace

By Mark A. Bonta / September 25, 2018 / Comments Off on In the wake of war, Vicuña herds bring the wages of peace

You can thank scientists, concerned communities and a successful peace process for the spectacular recovery of the Peruvian vicuña, which has rebounded from a few thousand in the 1980s to hundreds of thousands across the country today. Our story gets its start in Pampa Galera – Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, home to some of the […]

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Illegal oil-palm harvests in Peru: Video

By Mark A. Bonta / September 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Illegal oil-palm harvests in Peru: Video

In the Amazonian region of Ucayali in east-central Peru, oil palm factories are apparently buying their raw material from illegal plantations carved out of rain forest, despite company protestations to the contrary. Journalists followed and videotaped trucks they say were loaded with oil palm from illegal plantations. The series of eight Youtube clips also includes […]

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Peru loggers target forestry agency

By Mark A. Bonta / September 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Peru loggers target forestry agency

Osinfor, Peru’s wildlife and forestry bureau, has accused government ministers of colluding with logging firms to limit its regulatory powers. At issue is a change in how the Osinfor leader is selected: formerly, it was by an open, public process, for a four-year term with clearly defined responsibilities, and only of a forestry professional with […]

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