Ecuador promotes Yasuni Initiative

30 August 2011

Covering nearly 2.5 million acres of primary tropical rainforest, the Yasuní National Park is an area of extreme biodiversity, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Biosphere Reserve, and the ancestral territory of indigenous people living in voluntary isolation. World leaders, governments, multilateral organizations and scientists are calling on the international community to ensure the conservation of this unique site of unparalleled biodiversity, protect the culture and livelihood of the region’s indigenous people and contribute to the fight against climate change by avoiding carbon emissions due to deforestation, exploration and use of the oil that lies beneath this National Park.

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