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Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oil Drilling in Ecuadorian Amazon

Supporters gather 750,000+ signatures to qualify for referendum to defend Yasuní National Park

April 16, 2014 | Press Release

Quito, Ecuador – Despite tremendous odds, supporters of a pioneering effort to keep Ecuador's largest oil reserve permanently in the ground have gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for a national vote on the issue in a special election.More »

New Celebrity PSA Urges Ecuadorians to Defend the Amazon

A global call to keep oil in the ground in Yasuni National Park

March 28, 2014 | Press Release

Los Angeles, CA – Amazon Watch and Yasunidos, a campaign comprised of a collective of Ecuadorian and international environmental organizations and advocates, released a new PSA featuring celebrity supporters rising in solidarity with Ecuadorians to defend the controversial Yasuní National Park from oil drilling. More »

China's Presence Grows in Ecuador

New report analyzes threats to Ecuador’s sovereignty and rainforest

March 18, 2014 | Press Release

Oakland, California – A new report released today highlights China's growing influence in Ecuador and what it means for Ecuador's sovereignty, indigenous peoples and the fate of the Amazon rainforest.More »

Beijing, Banks and Barrels: China and Oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Beijing, Banks and Barrels: China and Oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon

March 2014 | Report

China's economy and its global influence are growing at a rapid rate. Nowhere is that growing influence clearer than in Ecuador, a country that Beijing has lent nearly $9 billion and has promised $7 billion more in financing.More »

Pace of Global Land Rights Reform Is Slowing, Says New Report

Pace of Global Land Rights Reform Is Slowing, Says New Report

Change is promised but land grabs continue and 61% of forests are still claimed by governments

February 14, 2014 | The Guardian

The report features several case studies, including one on the growing "roll call of people killed for their land rights activism" and another on Peru where land conflicts are described as "reaching a crisis" and threatening to "undermine [the country's] status as an honest broker" as the host of the UN climate talks in December this year.More »

Canada’s Gran Tierra: Didn’t You Know Oil Doesn’t Mix with Water?

Canada’s Gran Tierra: Didn’t You Know Oil Doesn’t Mix with Water?

October 28, 2013 | Blog Post

As Peru continues to expand oil activities in the Amazon, there's a new oil company with grand ambitions, Calgary-based Gran Tierra. Does Gran Tierra not understand the risks they are running? If so, they are in for a rude shock.More »

UN Says Peru's Gas Plans Could Threaten Indigenous Peoples

UN Says Peru's Gas Plans Could Threaten Indigenous Peoples

October 8, 2013 | Huffington Post

A United Nations committee says that plans by Peru's government to expand a controversial gas project in the Amazon could threaten the "physical and cultural survival" of indigenous peoples.More »

Ecuador Approves Yasuni National Park Oil Drilling in Amazon Rainforest

Ecuador Approves Yasuni National Park Oil Drilling in Amazon Rainforest

Environmentalists devastated as president blames lack of foreign support for collapse of pioneering conservation plan

August 16, 2013 | The Guardian

President Correa said it would affect less that 1% of the park, but the termination of the conservation initiative has stirred up fury among environmentalists and is likely to upset the population at large. Polls show that between 78% and 90% of Ecuadoreans are opposed to drilling in this sensitive region.More »

Exploitation of Peru's "Miracle" Oil Deposits in the Amazon Is Delayed

Operations by company Perenco behind schedule as Peruvian NGO publishes critical report

July 25, 2013 | The Guardian

The controversial exploitation of heavy crude oil from one of the most inaccessible, most biodiverse regions of the Peruvian rainforest inhabited by indigenous people in "voluntary isolation" has been delayed.More »

Ecuador: One Year After Decisive Ruling, Sarayaku Struggle Goes On

July 25, 2013 | Amnesty International

The government of Ecuador must do more to protect the human rights of the indigenous people of Sarayaku if it is to fully comply with an international court ruling.More »

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