Ruth honoured by Peruvian Congress
Indigenous Asháninka leader Ruth Buendía was yesterday (Monday) awarded with a Diploma of Honour of the Republic. She was presented the award at a special ceremony chaired by the President of the Peruvian Congress Ana María Solórzano who officially recognised her work defending the environmental rights of the Asháninka in Peru.
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Amazonian leader receives indigenous award for rights advocacy
Indigenous leader and Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) partner Ruth Buendía has been awarded the Bartolomé de las Casas prize for her commitment to standing up for the human and environmental rights of the Asháninka people in the Peruvian Amazon.
The jury, acting for the Spanish Foreign Ministry’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America together with Casa de America, praised her activism that helped to halt the development of the Pakitzapango dam, which would have flooded the rainforest home of 10,000 indigenous people.
RFUK staffer Georges-Thierry Handja (pictured) has just finished training sixteen Cameroonians who will join our team as we start to map areas of rainforest under imminent threat from palm oil companies, logging and road-building.
Over the next five years, we aim to digitally map an area of Congo Basin rainforest 30 times the size of Greater London, showing where local communities live, which areas they are protecting, and information about their access to health care, jobs and schools.