Amazon tribe wins lawsuit against oil companies, protects rainforest from drilling
The Amazon rainforest is home to millions of plant and animal species as well as some of the last remaining indigenous tribes. When the home of one of such tribes – the indigenous Waorani community in Ecuador – was threatened by a big oil company, they decided to fight back.
The tribe won a landmark lawsuit against three government bodies for conducting a faulty consultation process with the community before putting their territory up for sale in an international oil auction.
The ruling immediately suspends any possibility of selling the community’s land for oil exploration. The crux of the lawsuit was the Waorani’s claim that the government had not properly consulted their community about the oil auction.
This win for the indigenous tribe has now set an invaluable legal precedent for other indigenous nations across the Ecuadorian Amazon.