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Mashco Piro en aislamiento en las proximidades de la comunidad de Monte Salvado en Madre de Dios, Perú. Créditos: FENAMAD 2017.

Communication and Isolated People

Information about the communication guidelines to talk about Indigenous Peoples in Isolation or Natural State.


The guidelines presented below have been developed based on the work effort developed by the Amazon Conservation Team and the GTI PIACI communication team.

Use of images

Mashco Piro en aislamiento en las  proximidades de la  comunidad de Monte Salvado, Madre De Dios, Perú. Crédito: FENAMAD, 2014

The images that illustrate the communication products about Isolated People must comply with the communication guidelines set forth.

The photographs of PIACI, product of monitoring activities and of the defense work carried out by the communities and organizations that work for their defense, should under no circumstances be decontextualized or used for sensational purposes.

Therefore, all the photographs that are presented on this website have the credits of the people and organizations that captured them.

Criteria for Communicating about Isolated Peoples

Recognition of vulnerabilities

The indigenous peoples are not vulnerable, they are subject to conditions of extreme vulnerability to threats and contact.

No sensationalism

Clear and objective language should be used and avoiding decontextualized adjectives or pseudonyms reinforce sensationalism.

Biocultural approach

Communication must be framed within the codependency between the territory and the guarantee of the human rights of the PIACI, and of their culture.

Self-determination and the principle of no contact


All communication must strengthen the rights of self-determination and non-contact. As well as informing and raising awareness about the consequences of its violation.

Investigative approach and action without harm

It is necessary to carry out a responsible exercise of investigation, verification of the sources of information to avoid rumors or harmful actions.

Guarantee no contact



Communication should be a strategy for the protection of the rights of PIACs.

Avoid harmful imaginary

It is important to avoid falling into common places or emitting ambiguous messages that lead the public to promote imaginations that romanticize the PIACI.

Key Content Points

Inform, communicate and disseminate the legal framework that protects the PIACI

This normative framework gives support and a legal argument to the processes that seek to protect these peoples.

Communicate and raise awareness about the vulnerability of PIACIs

Isolated peoples should not be presented as fixed populations in the past, as representatives of earlier stages of "civilization" or as subjects of pity on the part of the public. They must be presented as brave peoples who have resisted for centuries isolating a colonizing society that has impacted the rights of indigenous peoples and the ecological integrity of forests.

Communicate with a biocultural approach


Make visible the relationship between the guarantee of human rights of the PIACI and the conservation of the territory. Peoples in isolation have a fundamental role in terms of conservation, in biological and cultural terms.

Evidence and disseminate the processes of the indigenous communities adjacent to the territories of the PIACI

The indigenous communities that adjoin the indigenous peoples in isolation work for the conservation of the territory and promote political advocacy actions for the protection of ecosystems and PIACI, so it is essential to disseminate their processes and actions.

Inform and raise awareness about the existence of PIACIs


Faced with the imminent threats faced by these peoples due to the deterioration of the environment, it is essential to inform and raise awareness about their existence and the importance of conserving the territory in order to guarantee their survival.

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