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Environmentalists Have Signatures for Referendum on Ecuador Oil Development

Experts Say Move Could Set Precedent for Future Disputes Between Environmentalists, Government and Industry

April 14, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

A coalition opposed to a new oil development in a national park in Ecuador's Amazon rain forest say they have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on the activity, which experts say could set a precedent for future disputes between environmentalists, the government and industry.More »

Ecuador Faces Vote on Yasuni Park Oil Drilling in Amazon

Ecuador Faces Vote on Yasuni Park Oil Drilling in Amazon

"With these signatures we are certain that the popular consultation vote will go ahead," said Carla Espin of Yasunidos.

April 11, 2014 | BBC News

Environmentalists in Ecuador say they have collected enough signatures to have a referendum on whether the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon should be opened to further oil exploration. They said 727,947 people had signed their petition to have a vote - more than required by Ecuadorian law.More »

Coalition Opposing Ecuador Oil Block Development Seeks Referendum

Coalition Opposing Ecuador Oil Block Development Seeks Referendum

Over 500,000 Signatures Collected to Request National Referendum

March 13, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Quito, Ecuador – A coalition opposing the development of Ecuador's sensitive Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini oil block has collected more than 500,000 signatures to request the government's electoral agency hold a national referendum to decide on the future of the oil. Opponents of the development need to collect about 600,000 signatures before the April 18 deadline, but the environmental coalition, YasUnidos, wants to collect a million.More »

Ecuador's Development Dilemma: Will Oil Win Out?

Ecuador's President Correa is resisting calls to reconsider a scrapped initiative to leave Amazon crude oil untouched.

February 22, 2014 | The Christian Science Monitor

In Ecuador, his move has drawn the ire of environmental and indigenous rights groups and sparked a debate over an otherwise extremely popular administration. One organization, Yasunidos, is trying to collect 600,000 signatures by April to force a national referendum on whether to allow drilling.More »

"We're on the Cusp of a New Oil Boom in the Ecuadorian Amazon"

Since announcing plans to drill for oil under Yasuni, Ecuador has vowed the national park will be left "99.9% intact". But this promise is not being reflected on the ground.

February 19, 2014 | The Guardian

At the end of last year, Ecuador put 16 oil blocks in the Amazon jungle region to the south of Yasuni up for auction in an effort to drum up new joint-venture partners. "We're on the cusp of a new oil boom in the Ecuadorian Amazon the like of which we have never seen before," says Kevin Koenig, programme co-ordinator, at campaign group Amazon Watch.More »

Ecuador Pursued China Oil Deal While Pledging to Protect Yasuni, Papers Show

Ecuador Pursued China Oil Deal While Pledging to Protect Yasuni, Papers Show

Negotiations took place while the country sought funds to forgo oil exploitation in pristine forest under the Yasuni-ITT scheme

February 19, 2014 | The Guardian

The proposed behind-the-scenes deal, which traded drilling access in exchange for Chinese lending for Ecuadorian government projects, will dismay green and human rights groups who had praised Ecuador for its pioneering Yasuni-ITT Initiative to protect the forest. Yasuni is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and home to indigenous peoples – some of whom are living in what Ecuador's constitution calls "voluntary isolation".More »

In Ecuador, Oil Boom Creates Tension

In Ecuador, Oil Boom Creates Tension

February 16, 2014 | The Washington Post

An unprecedented drilling push by Ecuador's government has brought new tensions to Yawepare and the country's Amazon lowlands. As the chain saws and bulldozers cut deeper into the forest, critics say the government is triggering brutal warfare between the Waorani and a smaller, breakaway tribe living in "voluntary isolation" beyond the oil frontier.More »

Activists Ask Ecuador Not to Drill at Oil Block

Activists Ask Ecuador Not to Drill at Oil Block

Part of ITT block located within country's largest nature reserve

January 17, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Quito, Ecuador – Environmental activists called on Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to abandon plans to develop the Ishpingo-Tambocoha-Tiputini oil block. A portion of the ITT oil block, as it is known, is located within Yasuni National Park, the country's largest nature reserve and considered one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.More »

Amazon Women: On the Front Lines of Grassroots Climate Leadership

Amazon Women: On the Front Lines of Grassroots Climate Leadership

Women activists and leaders have been at the core of the environmental movement since its inception

January 14, 2014 | Earth Island Journal

Women in leadership positions who are working for environmental and social justice are not only reshaping our world by addressing the issues, they're also fundamentally changing the terrain of our institutions by introducing more effective leadership qualities, and by shifting and transforming our systems from the inside out.More »

Rights Versus Resources in the Amazon

Rights Versus Resources in the Amazon

January 13, 2014 | Blog Post

Until the demand for extreme crude decreases, the conflict between rights and resources will continue, at the expense of indigenous peoples, the forest and our planet.More »

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