How to Make Them Hear: Challenging International Oil Interests in Ecuador's Amazon Region

Malcolm Rogge


This article discusses how oil development
in the Amazon basin of Ecuador
threatens to displace indigenous peoples
through environmental contamination
and colonization. It presents approaches
to capacity-building for indigenous and
mestizo-settler communities to deal
with threats to human rights and the
environment due to oil development.
While the focus is on transnational oil
operations in the Ecuadorian Oriente,
many of the issues and empowerment
methods discussed here are transferable
to other local/global conflicts around the
world, especially where indigenous and
peasant communities are adversely affected
by transnational resource extraction
activities (mining, forestry, and

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