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Ecuador Indigenous demand rulings against extractive industries be enforced

Ecuador Amazon Ai Cofan community guard2

Quito, Ecuador Reuters Two Indigenous communities from Ecuador’s Amazon region on Tuesday demanded the Constitutional Court enforce rulings from 2018 and 2019 to protect thousands of hectares of tropical jungle from oil and mining projects.  Local courts in Ecuador ruled separately in favour of the A’i Cofan community of Sinangoe, in the country’s Sucumbios province, […]

Amazon ancestral land not up for sale, says ‘Green Nobel’ winner

Nemonte Nenquimo

Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation As a girl growing up in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, Nemonte Nenquimo would listen to stories passed down from her ancestors about how the Waorani Indigenous people preserved their forests and defended their lands from settlers and oil companies. Those tales of survival and resistance later inspired Nenquimo to become a leader […]

Ecuador tribe wins legal battle over the Amazon

Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation A court in Ecuador has upheld a ruling that prevents the government from selling land in the Amazon rainforest to oil companies, a move activists called a historic win for the Waorani indigenous tribe living there. The government had appealed an earlier court ruling in April that the 2,000-strong tribe had […]