Examines the intersection of indigenous peoples’ rights and the rights of nature in the Amazon basin
Explores Amazonian indigenous communities’ engagement with local, state, regional and global environmental governance
Proposes solutions to achieve the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and the Rights of Nature
Part of the book series: Governance, Development, and Social Inclusion in Latin America (GDSILA)
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Table of contents (8 chapters)
About this book
This book explores the obstacles facing indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, governments, and international institutions in their attempts to protect the cultures of indigenous peoples and the world’s remaining rainforests.
Indigenous peoples are essential as guardians of the world’s wild places for the maintenance of ecosystems and the prevention of climate change. The Amazonian/Andean indigenous philosophies of sumac kawsay/suma qamaña (buen vivir) were the inspiration for the incorporation of the Rights of Nature into the Ecuadorian and Bolivian constitutions of 2008 and 2009. Yet despite the creation of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2000), and the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), indigenous peoples have been marginalized from intergovernmental environmental negotiations. Indigenous environment protectors’ lives are in danger while the Amazon rainforests continue to burn.
By the third decade of the 21st century, the dawn of “woke” capitalism was accompanied by the expansion of ethical investment, with BlackRock leading the field in the “greening” of investment management, while Big Oil sought a career change in sustainable energy production. The final chapters explain the confluence of forces that has resulted in the continued expansion of the extractive frontier into indigenous territory in the Amazon, including areas occupied by peoples living in voluntary isolation.
Among these forces are legal and extracurricular payments made to individuals, within indigenous communities and in state entities, and the use of tax havens to deposit unofficial payments made to secure public contracts. Solutions to loss of biodiversity and climate change may be found as much in the transformation of global financial and tax systems in terms of transparency and accountability, as in efforts by states, intergovernmental institutions and private foundations to protect wild areas through the designation of national parks, through climate finance, and other “sustainable” investment strategies.
- Latin America
- Indigenous peoples
- Indigenous politics
- Rights of nature
- Environmental governance
- Resource Extraction
- extractive industries in Latin America
- Amazon basin
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- global governance
Authors and Affiliations
School of Engineering and the Environment, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, UK
About the author
Linda Etchart is a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Kingston, UK. She has published work on conflict transformation, post-conflict reconstruction, women’s peace movements, transnational networks, and indigenous environmental activism. She worked for an intergovernmental organization from 2001 to 2004.
Book Title: Global Governance of the Environment, Indigenous Peoples and the Rights of Nature
Book Subtitle: Extractive Industries in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Authors: Linda Etchart
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-81518-9Published: 13 January 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-81521-9Published: 14 January 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-81519-6Published: 12 January 2022
Series ISSN: 2569-1341
Series E-ISSN: 2569-1333
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXXV, 270
Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour