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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China's Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached

China's Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached

The country has invested billions in Ecuador and elsewhere, using its economic clout to win diplomatic allies and secure natural resources around the world.

July 24, 2015New York Times

El Chaco, Ecuador – Where the Andean foothills dip into the Amazon jungle, nearly 1,000 Chinese engineers and workers have been pouring concrete for a dam and a 15-mile underground tunnel. The $2.2 billion project will feed river water to eight giant Chinese turbines designed to produce enough electricity to light more than a third of Ecuador.

Pope Francis, in Ecuador, Calls for More Protection of Rain Forest and Its People

Pope Francis, in Ecuador, Calls for More Protection of Rain Forest and Its People

July 7, 2015New York Times

Quito, Ecuador – Pope Francis on Tuesday called for increased protection of the Amazon rain forest and the indigenous people who live there, declaring that Ecuador must resist exploiting natural riches for "short-term benefits," an implicit rebuke of the policies of President Rafael Correa.

Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

April 24, 2015

This week Amazon Watch was proud to host a pioneering Climate Equity Strategy Session in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Hillary Institute, where representatives from indigenous and frontline communities, international NGOs, and climate and energy experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of keeping fossil fuels in the ground in the Americas.

Uyantza Raymi and the People of the Zenith

Uyantza Raymi and the People of the Zenith

March 22, 2015

Observing the mountains on a sunny afternoon in the Amazon, my home, I began to reflect on the past few months I have spent on the road as an active voice advocating for the defence of indigenous territories, our rights and the rights of the future generations who have an inherent right to live in a healthy world. We all do.

2015 Achievements and Priorities

2015 Achievements and Priorities

February 2015

It costs only $.03 per acre per year to support Amazon Watch's work with indigenous peoples to protect more than 60 million acres of rainforest from oil development and mega-dams. Please join us!

Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.

February 12, 2015Yes! Magazine

Sarayaku lies in southern Ecuador, where the government is selling drilling rights to a vast swath of indigenous lands – except for Sarayaku. The community has become a beacon of hope to other indigenous groups and to global climate change activists as it mobilizes to stop a new round of oil exploration.

Eye on Ecuador: Racking Up the China Debt and Paying It Forward with Oil

Eye on Ecuador: Racking Up the China Debt and Paying It Forward with Oil

January 13, 2015

Ecuador's President Correa was well-rewarded for his trip last week to China, but this could have grave impacts for the Amazon and the people who live there.

CONAIE Headquarters To Be Shut Down

CONAIE Headquarters To Be Shut Down

Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador Request International Support

January 7, 2015The Society Pages

Yesterday, in Quito, Ecuador, hundreds of Indigenous people from around the country, including those from the Amazon, the Sierra and the Coast, gathered outside the offices of CONAIE, in the north of the city, to continue the fight against a government plan to close the organisation's headquarters.

People Power for Climate Justice!

People Power for Climate Justice!

COP20 Lima and a call to action in 2015

December 24, 2014

Earlier this month, the world's eyes were on Lima as 196 nations debated what to do about climate change at the UN COP20 climate summit. While world leaders debated, negotiated, signed and didn't sign agreements, Amazon Watch and our allies sounded the alarm on the critical importance of the Amazon rainforest and indigenous ancestral territories in maintaining climate stability.

Indigenous Voices: A Call to Keep the Oil in the Ground

Indigenous Voices: A Call to Keep the Oil in the Ground

December 12, 2014Huffington Post

I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep breath. My bare feet touch the ground, damp from yesterday's rain. This is my home. This is where I grew up. This is what I want to share with my children one day.

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