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Mega-projects – such as dams, road and waterway systems, and oil and gas projects – are major drivers of deforestation in the Amazon Basin. These large-scale projects require large-scale funding, and international financial institutions (IFIs) step into to fill that role. More
This week Amazon Watch was proud to host a pioneering Climate Equity Strategy Session in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Hillary Institute, where representatives from indigenous and frontline communities, international NGOs, and climate and energy experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of keeping fossil fuels in the ground in the Americas.
Ecuador's President Correa was well-rewarded for his trip last week to China, but this could have grave impacts for the Amazon and the people who live there.
Yasunidos Defends Signatures and Denounces Electoral IrregularitiesApril 17, 2014
Quito, Ecuador – Just five days after turning in more than enough signatures to qualify for a national referendum to stop oil drilling plans in a critical part of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, Yasunidos, the civil society collective spearheading the grassroots effort is denouncing what appear to be egregious irregularities by the National Election Commission.
Supporters gather 750,000+ signatures to qualify for referendum to defend Yasuní National ParkApril 16, 2014
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.
A global call to keep oil in the ground in Yasuni National ParkMarch 28, 2014
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.
New report analyzes threats to Ecuador’s sovereignty and rainforestMarch 18, 2014
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.
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.
Peru is emerging as one of the key laboratories for a big experiment to save the world's remaining tropical forests known as REDD.
Calgary, Canada – Civil society representatives from Latin America recently attended the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Annual Meeting along with Amazon Watch to monitor progress of a new reform agenda adopted by the Bank last year and on which the Bank’s recapitalization is conditioned.
¿Realmente Se Está Construyendo una Agenda Común entre el BID y las Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil?
Otra oportunidad perdida para el BancoMarch 27, 2011
Calgary, Canada – Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil presentes en la Reunión Anual del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) ven con gran preocupación el tratamiento de la participación de la sociedad civil en las actividades del banco.