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Gimme shelter: Mick Jagger asked to help save Amazon tribes' forest reserve

Rolling Stones frontman asked to help stop Camisea gas exploration project that threatens Peru's last uncontacted tribes

Source:  Copyright 2012, Guardian
Date:  May 31, 2012
Byline:  Jonathan Watts
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Peru's last uncontacted tribes may be among the small minority of mankind who have never heard of Mick Jagger but conservationists are now calling on the Rolling Stones frontman to help save the Amazonian homeland of these vulnerable groups.

The British rock star – who was reportedly made an "honorary ambassador" for the environment during a visit to Peru last year – is being asked to weigh in on a controversial gasfield development that threatens the Mashco-Piro and other tribes isolated from the outside world due to the remoteness of their forest home.

The Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti reserve, which is close to the borders of Brazil and Bolivia, is legally protected by a "supreme decree" but it is close to the vast Camisea natural gasfield and is said to be threatened by the expansion plans of the state oil firm, PetroPeru.

Survey teams were seen in the region last year. According to the Peruvian magazine Caretas, the government has quietly ...

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