Life and Debt in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Ecuador has an oil production rate of 400.000 barrels per day, each year more than 32.000 barrels are spilt into the river systems. This means that every 2 -3 years, a spill as big as the “Exxon Valdez” takes place in the Amazon. Not surprisingly, most part of these areas happen to be inhabited by indigenous people.
Oil spill. Cofan territory. Ecuador
Ecuadorian officials from the recently elected left government in Ecuador made un unprecedented movement last month when they told the UNFII in New York that their government would ban exploitation of huge oil reserves if it was compensated by the international community for its effort to save the natural habitat of the Amazon region.
The untapped oil reserves are located in the heart of the Amazon, considered by scientists to be one of the most bio-diverse rainforests in the world and also the home of IP that they still live in complete isolation. If explored and developed, the fields are expected to deliver more than 900 million barrels of oil.
Some of those in solidarity with the indigenous struggles welcome the proposal of the Ecuadorian governent, but they also have serious objections to what they see as an attempt to put a dollar price on native people’s right to exist.
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