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The flight from Quito to Coca, a small oil
town in the Ecuadorian Amazon, takes off a couple of hours late, so we don't reach Coca until around noon. Then we have to take a helicopter up the Napo river to reach Añangu, in the heart of Yasuni
, the ...
While they were growing up in their remote community deep in the Ecuadorean Amazon, Blanca Tapuy and her sister Innes were inseparable.
As children, they would play together while their parents hunted monkeys and tapir with blowpipes and ...
Ecuador's plan to refrain from drilling for oil
in its rainforest
s in return for money remains controversial. Critics have questioned the tangible benefits of the project for the forest and its residents.
In 2007, Ecudaor's President ...
American biologist Kelly Swing thwacks a bush with his butterfly net and a dozen or so bugs and insects drop in. One is a harvester, or daddy-long-legs, another a jumping spider which leaps on to a leaf where two beetles are mating.
An indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon has won a reprieve after building up an arsenal of spears, blowpipes, machetes and guns to fend off an expected intrusion by the army and a state-run oil
The residents of Sani ...
In what looks set to be one of the most one-sided struggles in the history of Amazon forest conservation, an indigenous community of about 400 villagers is preparing to resist the Ecuadorean army and one of the biggest oil
companies in South ...
2012 was another year of mixed news for the world's tropical forests. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest
-related news stories for 2012.
There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were ...
-ITT Initiative has been called many things: controversial, ecological blackmail, revolutionary, pioneering, and the best chance to keep oil
companies out of Ecuador's Yasuni
National Park. But now, after a number of ups and downs, the ...
About a dozen companies are contributing to a novel conservation plan that pays Ecuador to protect part of the Amazon rainforest
in return for barring oil
drilling, the head of the initiative said on Friday.
Ivonne Baki said the scheme ...
Two of the world's last uncontacted tribes are under threat from oil
exploration deep into the heart of the Amazon forest in Ecuador, according to conservationists, who say this may indirectly add to the pressure on wildlife.
The Tagaeri ...
The most biologically diverse habitat in the western hemisphere, the Yasuní rainforest
in Ecuador, is under threat. The diversity of species in the Yasuní Park is unmatched by any other park in the world. One hectare contains more species of ...
A large undeveloped oil
field in a national rainforest
reserve in Ecuador will remain off-limits to oil
companies for at least a year, the government said.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa agreed to keep oil
companies out of the Yasuni
A possibly ground-breaking idea has been kept on life support after Ecuador revealed its Yasuni
-ITT Initiative had raked in $116 million before the end of the year, breaking the $100 million mark that Ecuador said it needed to keep the program ...
2011 was designated as "Year of the Forests" by the United Nations. While there was relatively little progress on intergovernmental forest protection programs during the year, a lot happened elsewhere. Below is a look at some of the biggest ...
After decades of depending on bauxite, timber and gold for revenue, Guyana proposed five years ago that wealthy foreigners pay it to protect its tropical South American rainforest
The idea was hailed as an innovative way to spur ...
A new map highlights the importance of conserving Yasuni
National Park as the most biodiverse ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere, and maybe even on Earth. Scientists released the map to coincide with the United National General Assembly in ...
In 2007, Ecuador floated an unprecedented proposal: it would leave a fifth of its oil
reserves – 846m barrels of crude – underground for the health of the planet if, in return, the international community stumped up $350bn (£217bn), half its ...
Ecuador’s decision to forego potentially lucrative oil
drilling in the Amazon forest in order to protect a biologically rich and fragile ecosystem is the focus of two documentaries at the Washington Environmental Film Festival.
In the verdant underworld of the Amazon rainforest
, shielded from the sun’s rays by the electric green foliage of towering kapok trees, many hazards can trap the unwary.Please respect FT.com's ts&cs and copyright policy which allow you ...
Being at Cancun has thus far been an incredible opportunity. I arrived here on Saturday evening, and upon the advice of my fellow Yale delegates, I quickly got into the ocean as they said this was probably the only chance I would have to enjoy ...
The Spanish government is "analysing mechanisms to contribute" one million euros (1.3 million dollars) to the Yasuni
-ITT initiative, one of the few definite contributions received by Ecuador for a scheme to leave oil
reserves untouched in a ...
Although most Americans have likely seen photos and videos of the world's largest rainforest
, the Amazon, they will probably never see it face-to-face. For many, the Amazon seems incredibly remote: it is a dim, mysterious place, a jungle surfeit ...
One of the most extraordinary people I have met in 10 days of travelling around Peru and Ecuador has been Alberto Acosta. He's head of Ecuador's leading research group now, but until 2007 was the second most powerful man in the country after the ...
We left thirsty Peru and have reached Quito in Ecuador on the great Oxfam/Guardian Andean climate journey. First stop is to meet the government and community leaders of a state that stretches from the Pacific coast, over the mountains, and deep ...
Tonight we are in Lima, Peru's coastal capital city. It's freezing, with a bitter wind coming off the Pacific, but it's going to get worse. Tomorrow we go to Cusco at 3,400m to acclimatise and from there we're heading up into the really high ...