The Yasuní-ITT Initiative

Covering nearly 2.5 million acres of primary tropical rainforest at the intersection of the Andes and the Amazon, Yasuní is the ancestral territory of the Huaorani people, as well as two other indigenous tribes living in voluntary isolation, the Tagaeri and the Taromenane. However, underneath the park lies some 900 million barrels of heavy crude – Ecuador's largest reserve. More

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Ethics Tribunal: Ecuador Violated Rights

Tribunal marked one-year anniversary of decision to drill Yasuní

August 15, 2014

Quito, Ecuador – On Friday the Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal ruled that in the Ecuadorian government's ongoing push to drill Yasuní-ITT, one of the most biodiverse and culturally sensitive areas on the planet, the state violated several articles of its own constitution.

Expelled from Ecuador: One Solar Visionary's Story

Expelled from Ecuador: One Solar Visionary's Story

July 29, 2014

On July 17, Oliver Utne, a U.S. citizen residing in Ecuador with a valid visa, was abruptly questioned, detained, and forced to leave the country after being targeted by Ecuadorian immigration officials. Utne had been living in the country for several years and coordinating an innovative solar canoe project with the Achuar indigenous people.

Ecuador Planned Power Plant in Yasuni National Park, Documents Show

Ecuador Planned Power Plant in Yasuni National Park, Documents Show

Government appeared to be preparing plans at the same time as pursuing a high-profile scheme not to exploit the oil

July 2, 2014The Guardian

Ecuador's government was moving to install a power plant to exploit oil fields under the iconic Yasuni national park at the same time as pursuing a high-profile international scheme not to exploit the oil, according to government documents seen by the Guardian.

Ecuador Breaks Its Amazon Deal

Ecuador Breaks Its Amazon Deal

The green light to drill in one of the world's most biologically significant areas will come at an incalculable cost to Yasuní's biodiversity and the indigenous groups that live there.

June 11, 2014The New York Times

Though the government should be held to account, the stillbirth of Yasuni-ITT is a shared failure. Mr. Correa promises to transition from fossil fuels – after the oil is gone. But that may be too late for an area as ecologically fragile and culturally sensitive as Yasuni.

Oil Company Has Built "Secret" Road Deep into Yasuní National Park

Oil Company Has Built "Secret" Road Deep into Yasuní National Park

June 6, 2014The Ecologist

Ecuador's state oil company PetroAmazonas has, in secret, built a road deep into the heart of the world-famous Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, violating promises and threatening uncontacted indigenous tribes.

After Government Suppression, Action Continues for Yasuní

After Government Suppression, Action Continues for Yasuní

June 6, 2014

Yesterday – on World Environment Day – the Ecuadorian government organized a rally to back its decision to drill Yasuní. Is the administration trying to give the middle finger to environmentalists and to the planet?

Is This the Ecuador Government's Way of Mocking the UN?

June 6, 2014Huffington Post

There was a reason Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, chose to announce his support for an initiative to forgo exploiting the oil fields under the Yasuní National Park – home to indigenous peoples and one of the most biodiverse places on earth – on 5 June 2007: 5 June, today, is the United Nations' "World Environment Day."

Ecuador "Green-lights Environmental Disaster" in Biodiversity Hotspot

Environment minister authorized environmental permits for oil drilling in Yasuní National Park

May 26, 2014MintPress

In a move condemned as paving the way for an environmental disaster, the environment minister of Ecuador on Thursday authorized permits for oil exploration to begin within the Yasuní National Park, an area home to two indigenous communities living in voluntary isolation and an area some consider the most biodiverse place in the world.

Ecuador Signs Permits for Oil Drilling in Amazon's Yasuni National Park

Companies could start extracting oil underneath key biodiversity reserve on Earth by 2016

May 23, 2014The Guardian

Drilling for oil in a part of the Amazon rainforest considered one of the most biodiverse hotspots on the planet is to go ahead less than a year after Ecuador's president lifted a moratorium on oil drilling there.

Out for the Count

May 7, 2014The Economist

"The government couldn't take the risk of having the issue reach the referendum [stage], which it could have lost," says Juan Carlos Donoso, a political scientist. Plenty of activists are furious about being thwarted. The question now is whether they can keep the issue in the public eye.

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