UN and Ecuador widen plan to save Yasuní forest in Amazon


UN Launches Sustainability Initiative To Save Ecuador's Yasuni Forest

The UN and the Ecuadorian government have embarked on a joint mission to save one of the world's most bio-diverse forests. And it needs everyone's help.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced it is now accepting donations of all sizes to its trust fund to preserve in perpetuity a vital section of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park in the Amazon rainforest.

Underneath the forest lie nearly one billion barrels of oil and the funds would help prevent the region from being drilled. The trust, which is part of the Yasuni-ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini)Initiative, was previously only open to governments and corporations pledging over $100,000. Now, individuals and businesses wishing to contribute amounts as small as $25 may become involved in this effort to save one of the world's natural treasures that is home to an incomparable number of species.

Yasuni is one of the only sections of the Amazon where life was virtually unaffected by the last Ice Age. The region teems with "unparalleled levels of amphibian, bird, mammal, insect, and plant life, in addition to indigenous tribes living in voluntary seclusion", the UN said.

It highlighted that it is one of the world's most pristine reserves, and could hold untold medical and scientific discoveries. One hectare of land there contains more species of trees than in all of North America.

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Click here to read about the MDG-F's work in the conservation and sustainable management of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.

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