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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Breaking Precious Ground

Breaking Precious Ground

Ecuador's Yasuní National Park may be the world's richest rainforest. What will become of it now that oil extraction has begun?

January 10, 2017bioGraphic

Just this past spring, in a move that shocked the international conservation community, Ecuador began trucking the first barrels of crude out of Yasuní. Is this the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems?

U.N. Experts Slam Ecuador Over Forced Closure of Land Rights Group

December 30, 2016Reuters

The United Nations criticized the government of Ecuador on Friday for ordering the closure of a land rights advocacy group that supports an indigenous community protesting mining plans in land they claim as their ancestral home.

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

New Witch Hunt in Ecuador Against Indigenous and Environment Defenders

December 23, 2016

Ecuador became an even more difficult place to be a defender of indigenous rights and the environment in recent days. You would think a country with constitutionally-enshrined protections for Mother Nature would support and encourage indigenous and environmental rights defenders, but sadly that is not the case, and it has implications for the global climate change movement.

As Oil Companies Dig Into Yasuní National Park, Ecuadorians Are Fighting Back

As Oil Companies Dig Into Yasuní National Park, Ecuadorians Are Fighting Back

Considered the most biodiverse place in the world, the Yasuní is in danger of being ruined through the exploitation of its natural resources. And time is running out to save it.

Winter 2016Audubon

"If we can't manage to protect places that are this important,"" says Kevin Koenig, Ecuador program director for Amazon Watch, "then it seems unlikely that we'll be able to protect the rest of the planet. Depending on what happens here, we could be at the beginning of what could turn out to be a very tragic story."

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

Tired of Superheroes? Here Are Some Movies With Real Heroes Fighting for Our Future

December 9, 2016

Check out one of the stunning new films recently released about the Amazon and the heroic environmental defenders protecting it and defending us from climate change.

Sarayaku People's Struggle for Justice in Ecuador Presented in Interactive Digital Map

Sarayaku People's Struggle for Justice in Ecuador Presented in Interactive Digital Map

Public Compliance Hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Is Occasion for Publication of Online Tool

December 2, 2016

On the occasion of a public compliance hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights today, members of the indigenous Kichwa community in Sarayaku exposed the Ecuadorian State's failure to comply with the 2012 judgement issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, using a new interactive digital story-map to demonstrate how the Ecuadorian State parceled off even more of their territory to oil companies.

We're Not Giving Up On Our Climate! Our Future Is Depending On Us!

We're Not Giving Up On Our Climate! Our Future Is Depending On Us!

November 22, 2016

We will not let Trump or anyone else stand in our way of defending our climate, our rights, or the Amazon. Join us in calling for an end to Amazon crude and to keep all fossil fuels in the ground to avert climate chaos!

Reimagining Progress: Voices from the Ecuadorian Amazon

Reimagining Progress: Voices from the Ecuadorian Amazon

October 24, 2016

Developed jointly by the pair after experiencing first-hand the pressures faced by indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon during 2015, the project was launched with the primary aim of raising international awareness of some of the key threats currently faced by the Sápara and Kichwa communities of Ecuador, specifically their long-running struggle to resist the imminent entry of oil companies onto their territory and efforts to preserve their culture in the face of globalization.

Yasuní Man Film Is an Intimate Portrait of a Beautiful Land Under Siege for Its Oil

Yasuní Man Film Is an Intimate Portrait of a Beautiful Land Under Siege for Its Oil

US biologist Ryan Killackey spent seven years filming a polemical account of a remote forest community under pressure from US and Chinese oil companies

October 12, 2016The Guardian

In recent weeks, the first wells inside the Yasuni fields have come into full commercial operation. According to Amazon Watch, the oil from the Yasuni fields is being pumped to California, where it is processed at US refineries.

Amazonian Communities at the Front Line Against Climate Change

October 10, 2016openDemocracy

In spite of their frequent exclusion from the debate, indigenous communities are proposing innovative solutions to the international community regarding environmental protection and climate change.

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