Francisco Guerra Tananta

Co-Founder of ACELPA

Francisco Guerra Tananta was born in 1962 in Tamshiyacu. As a member of a large family, he experienced the collapse of family structure and the community through modern influences. In addition to his work, he engaged in local politics in Tamshiyacu.

Growing in a big family he owed his knowledge all to his parents. How to cultivate, how to love ion the forest – with their handcrafted work, his parents where able to let study all their 11 children to university with the proceeds.

Francisco has seen how people’s habits have changed – how the everyday life of the Amazon has changed under the influence of American television series. He laments people’s dependence on money because they have become so used to consuming products from the store.

A sense of poverty is spreading – though the rainforest has incredible treasures that are only fallow.

These treasures are sought after on the capital market. Peru has metal ores such as copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, iron, petroleum, gas and precious metals such as gold and silver.

The rainforest floor is not suitable for the industry

The extraction of mineral resources by foreign investors deprives Peru of its natural resources and destroys the lives of the indigenous and mestizos. The same thing happens in the rainforest. Despite soil studies proving that the rainforest soil is not suitable for industrial agriculture, large areas are cut down. At the same time, targeted aid measures by the UN and the WHO create dependencies and assistance for the people of the Amazon.

Land expropriation, contaminated rivers, human lead poisoning, water and air pollution, and irretrievable destruction of headwaters and farmland for future generations are the inexorable consequence.