The government of Ecuador has presented a novel proposal to not exploit the oil reserves of the Yasuní National Park. The economic benefits of exporting crude oil are limited compared to the social, economic, and environmental costs of extracting oil from the Amazon, with its enormous ecological and cultural diversity.
The report Leaving the Oil in the Ground – A Political, Economic and Ecological Initiative in the Ecuadorian Amazon, by Alberto Acosta, Eduardo Gudynas, Esperanza Martínez, and Joseph H. Vogel, review major components of the proposal and presents further alternatives.
Pubished by IRC in august 2009.
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