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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Bold rainforest idea makes good: Ecuador secures trust fund to save park from oil developers

Bold rainforest idea makes good: Ecuador secures trust fund to save park from oil developers

Date : 3rd August 2010, Source : Mongabay



In what may amount to a historic moment in the quest to save the world's rainforests and mitigate climate change, Ecuador and the United Nations Development Fund (UNDF) have created a trust fund to protect one of the world's most biodiverse rainforests from oil exploration and development. The fund will allow the international community to pay Ecuador to leave an estimated 850 million barrels of oil in Yasuni National Park in the ground instead of extracting it. This first-of-its-kind agreement, known as the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, will allow the rainforest protected area to remain pristine: preserving one of the most species-rich places on Earth, safeguarding the lives of indigenous people, and keeping an estimated 410 million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0803-hance_yasuni_fund.html





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