IRI Peru advances advocacy with executive authorities on protection of forests and forest defenders

IRI has continued its direct advocacy with various executive authorities to advance policies that protect forests and indigenous peoples.  A meeting was arranged with the Ministry of Environment to address threats by illegal miners to indigenous peoples, leading to a decree to define protocols for the protection of indigenous leaders and forest defenders.  IRI Peru also met with the Vice Minister of Intercultural Affairs to advance discussions on the formation of a cross-sector working group on security for forest defenders.  Conversations continue with the Ministry of Environment on the consolidation of a cross-sectoral cooperation agreement between the ministry and IRI Peru.