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


Mar 27, 2024

During an overflight on Friday, March 15, 2024, a photograph was taken that revealed a clandestine landing strip in the Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve, located in Peru. This reserve is intended for indigenous people in isolation and initial contact. The image showed a furrow cutting through the dense green mantle of the Amazon forest, exposing a wide line of land in the middle of the territory. The reserve is situated between the regions of Loreto, Ucayali, and Huánuco.

In addition to the landing strip, the flyover also revealed two open pits in the forest and 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 the Kakataibo people’s rights.

Subsequent flyovers and field photographs captured the extent of the illegal activities within the reserve, including deforestation, coca leaf crops, and even the presence of possible camps. The indigenous leaders expressed disappointment with the lack of action from the Peruvian government to address the threats facing the Kakataibo people.

The flight revealed multiple points of illegal activities within the reserve, highlighting the urgent need for protection measures. The ongoing encroachment of drug trafficking on indigenous territories poses a significant threat to the Kakataibo people in isolation. Despite repeated requests for action, the Peruvian State has yet to implement concrete measures to safeguard the rights of these vulnerable communities.

The situation in the North and South Kakataibo Indigenous Reserve reflects a larger issue of illegal activities threatening isolated indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. The lack of protection measures and the prevalence of drug trafficking activities in the region continue to put the lives and livelihoods of the Kakataibo people at risk.

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