Update: Yasuni National Park

by Zoe.Papadatos on October 23, 2013 - 12:16pm

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the impending danger of the oil drilling in Yasuni National Park, and it seems as though I missed something. President Rafael Correa had a conservation plan that would save the rainforest. Unfortunately, the world has failed us and the plan has fallen through. Yasuni National Park is back on schedule to be drilled for oil.


The scheme, backed up by the UN, was to raise $3.6bn, half of the value of the reserves in the park's Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field, over 13 years. They only raised 13 million dollars. President Correa said he had no other option but to end the initiative and go forward with plans to drill in the National Park, of which he adds that the oil exploration will only affect 1% of its area. "It was not charity that we sought from the international community, but co-responsibility in the face of climate change," he said. Upon the announcement, environmental activists took the streets to protest the president’s decision. According to Yasuni-ITT trust fund, 78% of Ecuadorians are against this decision. Furthermore, the fund argues that stopping the drilling would prevent 400 million tons of carbon dioxide from dispersing into the atmosphere.


First of all, I’d like to retract the accusations I made to the Ecuadorian government. Obviously, I underestimated how much they care about their ecosystems. President Correa said that the decision to drill for oil in the National Park was the hardest decision he has ever made as President. Oddly enough, I believe him. Even though he did not succeed, he took the initiative to protect the ecosystem. To a certain extent, I take solace in knowing that only 1% of the park will be affected. We could only hope that the number will stay at 1%.



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