Los Cedros Reserve court date set

October 15, 2020

Landmark Rights of Nature case to be heard in Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on October 19 The outcome of this significant case to protect the Los Cedros Reserve from mining would set a precedent for all future Rights of Nature cases, and could dramatically limit the ability of mining companies to operate in Ecuador. In 2018, … Read More

Major legal victory for endemic species in Ecuador Rights of Nature case

September 26, 2020

A Constitutional Protection Action win at the Cotacachi Court on September 24 may stop mining companies destroying the habitats of endemic species in Ecuador “In a huge win for the environment, on Thursday 24 September a judge at the Cotacachi Court ruled that the Ministry of the Environment failed at its job of protecting species … Read More

Sanctuary for life in Ecuador

September 25, 2020

A Constitutional Protection Action could protect the Rights of Nature over the economic rights of transnational companies in Ecuador’s Intag Valley. Originally published in The Ecologist by Rebekah Hayden The Intag valley in the Imbabura province, high up in north-west of Ecuador, should be a peaceful place. Forested mountains are blanketed so thickly in fog … Read More

Australian mining companies plunder Ecuador’s gold and copper

August 28, 2020

First published in Green Left by Anthony Amis In 2008, Ecuador was the first country in the world to enshrine the rights of nature in its constitution. But, as Anthony Amis reports, international mining companies have been given the green light to exploit the country’s copper and gold reserves. The Ecuadorian government is desperate for … Read More

Rinehart mining camp burnt in Ecuador

August 27, 2020

Gina Rinehart’s Ecuador subsidiary Hanrine is facing renewed unrest in the province of Imbabura, Ecuador. On Tuesday 25th, a group of 180 people set fire to a mining camp at one of her concessions in Buenos Aires in north-east Ecuador. More on that here. The attacks came days after the local parish council met and … Read More

Sunstone Metals concession El Palmar an ecological and financial nightmare

August 17, 2020

Sunstone Metals agreement to acquire El Palmar, a copper-gold project in northern Ecuador is an ecological nightmare fraught with risks. El Palmar abuts the Los Cedros Biological Reserve, a scientific observational and research site, with a case for protection soon to be heard at the Constitutional Court in Ecuador. Los Cedros Biological Reserve in north-western … Read More

Rinehart vs Chilean Govt over spoils for copper mine

August 5, 2020

Ecuadorian investigation shows a conflict between Codelco and a subsidiary of Australia’s Hancock Prospecting, Hanrine, over control of the Llurimagua copper mine. Information revealed on August 3, in the Periodismo de Investigación article The war for Llurimagua, sheds light on the activities of a subsidiary company owned by Gina Rinehart, Australia’s wealthiest person, as she … Read More

Mining at Llurimagua – a social and environmental catastrophe

August 5, 2020

Selling the World a Social and Environmental Catastrophe: Ecuador’s Llurimagua Mining Project By Carlos Zorilla The government of Ecuador has been busy trying sell its share of the troubled Llurimagua copper project to a third party of late. Right now it is owned by two state-owned mining companies, Ecuador’s ENAMI and the Chilean giant, CODELCO, … Read More

Elected local officials threatened with jail for opposing mining

June 5, 2020

(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 they approve any measures to prohibit mining. The threat came in response to concerns expressed by the Decentralized Autonomous Government (GAD in Spanish) of “6 de Julio de Cuellaje” parish, … Read More