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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

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Illegal Logging and Hunting Threaten Yasuní Isolated Indigenous Groups

Illegal Logging and Hunting Threaten Yasuní Isolated Indigenous Groups

A preliminary copy of a report prepared by three environmental institutions and indigenous groups finds Yasuní National Park and the Tagaeri-Taromenane Intangible Zone (ZITT), home to isolated indigenous groups, have become hotspots of illegal logging and hunting.

June 22, 2017Mongabay

In the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, on its border with Peru, indigenous communities have been denouncing what they say is an uncontrolled onslaught of illegal logging and hunting.

Stop Fueling Amazon Destruction

Stop Fueling Amazon Destruction

How Corporate Leaders Can Eliminate Their Use of Amazon Crude

June 2017

Extracting crude oil from the western Amazon Basin threatens ecologically- and culturally-sensitive ecosystems critical to global climate stability. California is the largest single importer and processor of this fuel. Therefore, brand-name retailers with significant operations in California have a critical role to play in reducing U.S. demand for Amazon crude.

Ecuador Election: No Good Option for the Amazon

Ecuador Election: No Good Option for the Amazon

March 31, 2017

Regardless of who wins, the response to the escalated social conflicts over extractive industry projects, rollback of indigenous rights, and criminalization of civil society protest will be an early and pressing challenge for the incoming administration.

Visiting Indigenous Communities in the Amazon Rainforest with Nahko of Medicine for the People

Visiting Indigenous Communities in the Amazon Rainforest with Nahko of Medicine for the People

March 24, 2017

Nahko has long been connecting his own indigenous roots – he is of Apache descent, as well Puerto Rican, and Filipino and Guam heritage – with indigenous peoples and social movements across North America and beyond wherever the band tours, linking struggles to defend the sacred, protect water, and life.

Musician and Activist Nahko Travels To the Amazon To Build Bridges of Indigenous Solidarity

Musician and Activist Nahko Travels To the Amazon To Build Bridges of Indigenous Solidarity

Nahko visits Ecuador's remote Amazon rainforest to use music and cultural exchange to connect indigenous resistance movements from Mount Shasta to Standing Rock to the Amazon

March 23, 2017

Nahko, the musician and frontman of Medicine for the People, and his bandmate Patricio Zuñiga Labarca have just returned to the U.S. after a week in Ecuador, where they visited the pristine rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon and met with indigenous leaders and communities to hear first hand about local efforts to protect their rights, forests, and cultures, and shared stories and empowerment through music.

Native Nations Rise: Indigenous Solidarity in Action

Native Nations Rise: Indigenous Solidarity in Action

March 16, 2017

Last week thousands of indigenous activists and allies traveled to Washington, DC for the Native Nations Rise march, convened by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and grassroots indigenous leaders. It was an important moment to bring the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline to the doorstep of the White House, stating unequivocally that far from being over, the North America-wide struggle for indigenous self-determination is kicking into an even higher gear.

Why We Rise and Resist for the Amazon

Why We Rise and Resist for the Amazon

March 1, 2017

Just a few weeks ago, I was in deep in the Amazon visiting our indigenous partners the Sápara and the Kichwa of Sarayaku with a small group of Amazon Watch supporters. I am so grateful for this opportunity and want to share some of my reflections with you on why we rise and resist for the Amazon.

China's Amazon Footprint Gets Scant Attention in Ecuador's Election

China's Amazon Footprint Gets Scant Attention in Ecuador's Election

February 23, 2017China Dialogue

The impacts of new drilling in the Amazon rainforest have been dire both for its world-renowned biodiversity and its indigenous peoples, many of whom have long rejected controversial drilling plans on their lands.

"Buen Vivir" for Whom?

From attempts to close Ecuador's leading environmental rights NGO to megaprojects on indigenous lands, Rafael Correa's government continues to criminalize and threaten environmental activists and indigenous people

January 26, 2017NACLA

Despite its professed commitment to protection of Mother Earth and to placing sustainable living over profits, Ecuador under Correa has pursued a resource extraction strategy that prioritizes short-term revenue generation over environmental protection and indigenous territorial rights.

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?

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