#SOSAcciónEcológica: Ecuadorian government threatens to close down Acción Ecológica

On 20 December 2016, the Ecuadorian Environment Minister threatened to close down the NGO Acción Ecológica. The threat is in relation to Acción Ecológica’s raising awareness about the environmental impacts of a planned mega-copper mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people. The police raided the office of the Shuar Federation, detaining Agustín Wachapa, the Federation’s president.

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I’m a GNU. How do you do? A REDD animal appears in Paris with a promise of US$5 billion

On the first day of the UN climate negotiations in Paris, the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom pledged US$5 billion for REDD, between 2015 and 2020. The GNU countries say they “have signaled they will increasingly target results-based finance for countries who deliver verified REDD+ emission reductions”.

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Introducing LifeMosaic’s “Territories of Life: A video toolkit for indigenous peoples about land and rights”

LifeMosaic has produced an excellent new series of 10 videos, sharing “stories of resistance, resilience and hope with communities on the frontline of the global rush for land”. The video series is titled, “Territories of Life: A video toolkit for indigenous peoples about land and rights”.

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Ecuador plans to drill for oil in the Yasuní National Park

Ecuador has abandoned its plans to leave the oil where it belongs under the Yasuní National Park. Ecuador was asking for US$3.6 billion, or half the market value of the 850 million barrels of oil in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field below Yasuní. Last week, Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa cancelled the plan and announced that “The world has failed us.”

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