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 community as a result of modern influences. In addition to his work, he is engaged in local politics in Tamshiyacu.

Growing up in a big family he owed all his knowledge to his parents, especially how to cultivate and how to love the forest. With the proceeds of their handcrafted work, his parents were able to send all their 11 children to university.

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 accustomed to consuming products from stores.

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 ground 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 indigenous people 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.