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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 »

Ecuadorian Military Breaks Yasunidos Blockade

Yasunidos Defends Signatures and Denounces Electoral Irregularities

April 17, 2014 | Press Release

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.More »

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 »

We Did It! ¡Todos Somos Yasunidos!

We Did It! ¡Todos Somos Yasunidos!

April 15, 2014 | Blog Post

On April 12th, something incredibly inspiring happened in Ecuador. Yasunidos, a civil society collective of environmentalists, artists, activists, and indigenous leaders, delivered nearly 800,000 signatures calling for a national referendum on oil drilling in Yasuní National Park.More »

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 »

¡Yasuní Depende de Ti!

¡Yasuní Depende de Ti!

Celebrities rise in solidarity with Ecuadorians to defend the Amazon

March 28, 2014 | Blog Post

“The future is in your hands,” said Oscar award winning actor Jared Leto, urging Ecuadorian voters to sign for an oil-free Yasuní. Watch a new video released today featuring celebrity supporters in solidarity with Ecuadorians to defend Yasuní National Park from oil drilling.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 »

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 »

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