Ecuador Despite its tiny size is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world
Andean Cloud Forest It is home to both the and the last remnants of the megadiverse Amazon Rainforest 6.6% 6.6% of the country In 2017, Ecuador was opened up for mining across 1.88 million hectares is now covered in mining concessions Indigenous territories Many mining concessions cover – in direct violation of Ecuador's Constitution on the Rights of Nature Protected Forests
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800% 800% By 2021 mining in Ecuador is expected to expand by Rainforest Action Group way of life stand to lose both their and their ancestral homelands Indigenous tribes 80% 80% of mining concessions Australian & Canadian mining companies were bought by
536,101 Ha Concessions held by Australian companies
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Constitutional Court could save Australian-Government-funded Reserve in Ecuador from mining

A forest reserve in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, originally set up with Australian Government support and home to over 200 species at risk of extinction, has been scheduled for a

Elected local officials threatened with jail for opposing mining

(MiningWatchCanada, Ottawa) The elected President and Vice President of a rural municipality in northwestern Ecuador have been threatened with criminal, administrative, and constitutional charges if

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The Los Cedros Biological Reserve in north-western Ecuador is a haven for rare and endangered wildlife, with the critically endangered Black-and-Chestnut Eagle, ocelots, jaguars and the critically endangered Brown-Headed Spider Monkey roaming its pristine 4800 Ha (11,861 acres) of premontane wet tropical forest and cloud forest.

Despite being a legally Protected Forest, the Reserve is now threatened by mining.