A new study of the ecological impact of the 150 dams planned across all six major river basins connecting the Andes to the Amazon, a huge area covering parts of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, raises serious concerns.
An official march and a march of the social movements take each other on in Quito.
The President of the Kichwa people of Rukullakta in Ecuador protests against Canadian oil company Ivanhoe Energy's plans for the Pungarayacu oil field.
New studies of the Amazon show that protected areas represent 45% of the river basin, but in Brazil protected areas are under pressure.

Protect Ecuador

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We are working to pressurize President Correa of Ecuador to uphold his Constitution signed in 2008, enshrining The Rights Of Nature, and the UN Rights of Indigenous People, to which Ecuador is a signatory.
On the eve of Ecuador's presidential elections, Grace Livingstone sends a special report for LAB from Quito with a fascinating insight into how ordinary Ecuadoreans view their leftwing president, Rafael Correa.

Ecuador: Correa’s vision

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In a wide-ranging interview Rafael Correa, now elected for a third term, speaks in detail of his strategy for combining economic progress with environmental responsibility.

Ecuador: Correa’s Dilemma

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David Dene, from Protect Ecuador, warns that, despite Correa's eco-friendly rhetoric, his insistence on pressing ahead with a big copper mining project will have a catastrophic impact on the Amazon river system.
Is the newly re-elected President a closet neo-liberal and unrepentant fan of 'brown left' policies of extraction and accelerated development? Ecuador's left and indigenous movements are strongly critical but also anxious to develop positive alternatives.
A conciliatory statement from an organisation which has fiercely criticised Correa in the past.

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