Along Ecuador’s eastern border with Peru sits Yasuní National Park (YNP). At close to one million hectares, Yasuní is the largest expanse of protected lowland tropical forest in the country.
According to the website mongabay.com they have obtained a new, high-resolution satellite image of Petroamazona’s suspected pipeline and drilling platforms in the famed Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) block. Obtained from Planet, the image was analyzed by the team at the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) just after Ecuador announced it had begun drilling in arguably the most biodiverse place on the planet.
Deep in the forests of Ecuador’s Llanganates National Park — lands once frequented by ancient Incans — live two frog species that had gone unnamed by scientists until very recently.
A new sanctuary for sharks. Ecuador has announced the creation of a marine sanctuary around Galapagos Islands, protecting the world’s largest population of sharks.
Natural protected areas help keep carbon emissions low by sequestering huge amounts of carbon and avoiding “carbon debts” caused by deforestation.
Three independent teams of scientists were involved in the rediscovery of a small group of the toads living in mountain forests near Cuenca- Ecuador, and most crucially, the newfound amphibians haven’t shown signs of chytrid, a deadly fungus that was blamed for their demise nearly 15 years ago.
Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano has recently roared back into life, delivering its first significant eruption in more than 70 years and raining ash down on the capital Quito, 50 kilometres away.
Ecuador will continue to evaluate at least 10 sites for installation of wind-measuring masts as part of studies for new wind power projects, the electricity ministry said recently.
Contamination left by Texaco, now Chevron, in the Ecuador rainforest five decades ago continues to harm the environment and jeopardize human health, finds a new report by a leading New Jersey-based environmental engineering firm.
A toad from the Andes mountains that had long been thought extinct and was known only from a single museum specimen collected in 1970 has resurfaced in Ecuador.
A state of emergency has been put in place at the famous Galapagos Islands, a week after a cargo ship carrying hazardous materials became stranded. Fuel from the vessel has leaked into the pristine marine environment.
A study published by the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and BirdLife International places Ecuador among the eight countries account for more than half of the overall deterioration in terms of bird conservation , mammals and amphibians.
Specialists from various countries agreed in praising Ecuador’s environmental policies, a nation of acknowledged biodiversity considered the global benchmark for the preservation of flora and fauna.
A study published in September 2014 by the International Union for the Care of Nature (IUCN) indicates that at least 20% of the world’s medicinal plants are threatened. The list contains some species that live in Ecuador.
This part of the western Andes mountain range ecosystem preserves endemic plant species such as the ivory nut-producing palm and a species of cherimoya fruit in danger of extinction.