Grants in South America

Oilwatch Ecuador
2005
$3,000 for communities impacted by, and campaigning against, ChevronTexaco operations in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Suriname, Brazil and Argentina to travel to the 2nd People's Health Assembly in Cuenca, Ecuador to exchange experiences and strategize.
Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)
2005
$1,000 to support a 5 day workshop in the Peruvian Amazon to be attended by 150 chiefs and leaders of 50 Indigenous communities, as well as representatives from regional, national and international Indigenous organizations in order to inform leaders about the environmental, social and cultural impacts of oil activities and gather information on the impacts already generated by seismic exploration by Repsol in the Ucayali region.
Land is Life
2005
$2,000 to support two members of the Zapara community from the Ecuadorian Amazon to travel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a training preceding the Forum to build capacity for representatives from over 20 Indigenous communities around the world to strengthen their ability to participate in the meeting and other international gatherings effectively.
Protest in Sao Paulo against soy expansion
Xavante Wara Association
2005
$3,500 to support a gathering of delegates from Xavante and Kraho territories in Sao Paulo to hold a high-profile media event and discuss their plans for protecting the Cerrado, Brazil’s expansive woodland-savanna that is currently being cleared for large scale agriculture projects.
Amazon Defense Front
2005
$5,000 to support the sixth bi-annual congress of the coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous inhabitants of the Ecuadorian Amazon, to elect new leaders, review plans and projects (especially around the ChevronTexaco lawsuit and judicial inspections), and to allow base communities to report on their monitoring of Petroecuador, Oxy and Encana facilities and pipelines.