On October 13, 2017, the Inspection Panel received a Request for Inspection related to the Republic of Peru: Boosting Human Capital and Productivity Development Policy Financing (DPF) with a Deferred Drawdown Option. The Panel issued a Notice of Receipt on its website on October 17, 2017.
The Request was submitted by the leaders of two local indigenous organizations and their representative, claiming harm caused by Peru’s Law No. 30230, which they allege is supported by the Bank’s Program. The Requesters claim that this law has reduced or eliminated Peru’s capacity to guarantee the territorial rights of indigenous peoples and to provide regulatory oversight of the extractive industry. They specifically point to an increased number of oil spills that they claim have caused damage to forests, health issues, loss of clean water and food, economic and physical displacement, and loss of cultural resources and livelihoods in the affected communities, particularly those of indigenous peoples.
After conducting its due diligence, speaking to the Requesters’ representative and Management, and receiving additional clarifications from Management, the Panel noted that the Bank’s Program is neither supporting Law No. 30230 as a whole, nor any of the law’s provisions that the Requesters allege cause negative impacts to the environment and land rights. The Panel has thus determined that it is not possible to identify a Bank program plausibly linked to the Request, and therefore deemed it inadmissible. The Panel issued its Notice of Non-Registration on November 20, 2017.