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Ecuador: The rush for oil in Yasuni National Park

© For 12 years, Diego Mosquera has been studying the outstanding biodiversity of the Yasuni Park.

Located in eastern Ecuador, the Yasuni Park is a unique ecosystem. Thousands of species of plants and wildlife are concentrated in this part of the Amazon rainforest. But the park and its treasures are directly threatened by drilling for oil.

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park covers 10,000 square kilometres of rainforest. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, its biodiversity is among the most outstanding on the planet. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds and butterflies, plus thousands of rare specimens of plants and trees, crowd this corner of the Amazon.

But the park is also a victim of the riches beneath it, where almost half of the country’s crude oil reserves lie. Drilling began in September 2016, much to the dismay of indigenous communities and environmental activists.

Our reporter visits this contested corner of the Amazon.

By Antoine BODDAERT

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2017-09-15 Asia-pacific

Video: Dried-up Aral Sea springs back to life

Straddling the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest saline lake in the world, an inland sea of 66,000 square kilometres. But in...

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2017-09-01 Nigeria

Shadow of Nigeria’s Biafra war still looms large, 50 years on

On May 30, 1967, General Emeka Ojukwu declared Nigeria’s southeastern Biafra region an independent state, sparking what would become a bloody civil war that claimed more than one...

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2017-07-07 Americas

From Rust Belt to Tech Belt: US city of Youngstown set on reinventing itself

The US city of Youngstown, in the state of Ohio, once symbolised the glory days of the "Steel Belt", an industrial area in the northeast. For decades, the US steel industry put...

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2017-06-23 Africa

Senegal’s Casamance hopes for new era of peace

"Neither war nor peace." That’s how residents of Casamance, a region in southern Senegal, describe the conflict that long blighted their fertile land. With the lull in violence...

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2017-06-02 Middle East

Exclusive: Beyond the notorious prison cells in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib

Located on the outskirts of Baghdad, Abu Ghraib prison shot to worldwide fame for all the wrong reasons after it was revealed that US security forces had systematically and...

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