Analysis: Mexico’s energy reform must address indigenous concerns

For critics, the new laws reflect a logic that subordinates indigenous communities’ status to energy development.
For critics, the new laws reflect a logic that subordinates indigenous communities’ status to energy development.

By Alexis Arthur / World Politics Review

As part of its historic overhaul of Mexico’s energy sector, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government has touted the potential for unprecedented levels of oil, gas and renewable energy investment. Yet Mexico should heed the lessons from other countries in Latin America about the need to engage indigenous communities as it develops and expands its energy sector.

Across the region, when that has not happened, ensuing social conflict has disrupted the economy and often irrevocably damaged the relationship among communities, the government and the private sector.

In Mexico, a failure to learn from others’ mistakes could put Pena Nieto’s ambitious economic goals, based on energy development, at risk.

http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/15794/mexico-s-energy-reforms-must-address-indigenous-concerns

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