Environment of Ecuador

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The Environment of Ecuador contains almost 20,000 species of plants, 1,500 species of birds, 341 species of mammals and more than 840 species of reptiles and amphibians.[1] It includes World Heritage Sites like the Galápagos Islands, and magnificent parks such as the Yasuni National Park.

Damage to the environment

Mining in Ecuador has come at a great environmental cost, though it has provided some financial revenue. Logging and oil exploitation are other major problems. In 2007, president Correa proposed the Yasuní-ITT Initiative so as to allow preserving the Yasuni national parc, while still allowing to generate revenue for the country.

Environmental performance

In the Yale University and Columbia University 2010 Environmental Performance Index, Ecuador was ranked 30 in the world,[2] ahead of some rich countries.

See also


  1. ^ Mongabay article on the environment of Ecuador
  2. ^ 2010 Environmental Performance Index Ecuador
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