In April this year, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa declared: "I have a
problem with the exploitation of an oil field in the middle of the Yasuní
National Park, an Amazon region of great biodiversity and refuge for two
indigenous groups which live in voluntary isolation. We are prepared to leave
alone the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field. This is the solution
preferred by the Ecuadorian government, provided that the international
community and environmental organizations compensate us for at least 50 % of the
profits which we will lose by leaving the oil under the ground. "
For more than two decades, indigenous people have been fighting to stop oil
exploitation and to save the rest of the tropical Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.
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