Agreement between the EU and Mercosur must consider, above all, life

8 de February de 2023 | News

Feb 8, 2023 | News

By Sara Leal*

“You have to consider, above all, life. Because from different territories that they [European Union] will acquire products, many people died and are still dying for the greed of an unbridled development without thinking about the climate balance, social development, and a possibility of continuation of these people who are here”, says Kátia Penha from CONAQ (National Coordination of Quilombos Articulation), about the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mercosur.

The phrase was said during a series of consultations and interviews between July and August 2022 by IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) in partnership with Fern and ISA (Social Environmental Institute).

Representatives of organizations, collectives, and indigenous and traditional communities from Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay were heard, totaling 22 people from 20 local organizations participating in the meetings.

As a result of these consultations, IPAM launched a series of four interviews, carried out within the scope of the Amazoniar project, with guests from different organizations in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The aim is to give voice to the populations directly – and indirectly – affected by the treaty and their concerns regarding the consequences if approved.

Watch the interview highlights with Erileide Guarani-Kaiowá and Kátia Penha

Read the full transcript of the interview with Erileide Guarani-Kaiowá and Kátia Penha.

Read the policy brief, a document summarizing the main topics addressed during the consultations, by clicking here.

Episode release dates and respective interviewes:

1. Sergio Rojas (CONAMI Chaco – National Council of Indigenous Women, Argentina) – published on 01/02 vídeo | transcription of the complete interview

2. Kátia Penha (CONAQ – National Coordination of Quilombos Articulation) and Erileide Guarani-Kaiowá (Guarani-Kaiowá People) – publication on 08/02 vídeo | transcription of the interview with Erileide Guarani and Kátia Penha

3. Ana Romero, Unión Juvenil Indígena del Paraguay – publication on 02/15

4. Julio Xapuri – National Council of Extractive Populations (CNS) and Ana Paula Santos Souza – Live, Produce and Preserve Foundation (FVPP) – publication on 02/23


*Journalist at IPAM,

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