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Galapagos Conservancy works to protect the Galapagos Islands, a World Heritage Site renowned for its extraordinary marine and terrestrial biodiversity. We aim to balance both conservation and a thriving community in one of the world's most remarkable ecosystems.
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Ecuador has the highest deforestation rate and the worst environmental rating in all of South America.1 Deforestation and oil exploration in recent years have devastated the environment as the country expanded economically. It is estimated that if deforestation rates continue, the Amazon rainforest will be completely gone in 40 years.2 Despite the fact that Ecuador is only responsible for 0.1% of the worldâ's total greenhouse gas emissions, the country remains very vulnerable to the negative effects that result from climate change.3 Glacier coverage in the country has been reduced by 30%, which could spell disaster for the surrounding cities which have relied heavily on the glacier as a water source.4

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1 http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20ecuador.htm
2 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Americas/Ecuador-ENVIRONMENT.html#b
3 http://latinamericanscience.org/2013/11/ecuador-steps-up-its-fight-against-climate-change/
4 Ibid
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Ecuador News

News 12 Westchester 
An Ossining High School student and his mother were deported to their native Ecuador Friday after being denied a final appeal to stay in the United States. See more..
The Journal News | LoHud.com 
Diego Puma-Macancela, the Ossining High School student deported to Ecuador after a two-week legal fight with federal immigration authorities, arrived in the city of Guayaquil at 5:36 p.m. local time Friday. Friends and relatives of the 19-year-old high ... See more..
Inquirer.net 
WINTER is not exactly the best time to be in the United States. That is why many Americans head to other places during this time, to escape the “wrath” of the season. I for one feel this way, so after all the Christmas activities at my parishes in West ... See more..
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Telegraph.co.uk 
Britain is interested in finding a solution to the standoff that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuador's London embassy for five years, the foreign minister of the South American country said on Thursday. In May, Sweden ... See more..
Fox News 
The legal battle between Chevron and lawyers representing a group of villagers in Ecuador dates from 1993 when U.S. lawyers sued Texaco in a U.S. federal court over claims that it contaminated a large portion of the rainforest in northeast Ecuador ... See more..
MINING.com 
Shares in Ecuador-focused miner SolGold (LON:SOLG) got a fresh boost Friday after the company updated the market on its Cascabel copper-gold project and announced it had received an initial approval to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). See more..
teleSUR English 
Following this week's 47 General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cancun, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, expressed disappointment in the ability of the OAS to effectively address the needs of the people, and ... See more..
The Journal News | LoHud.com 
Ossining High School student Diego Puma-Macancela, the subject of a high-profile fight to stave off deportation, will be flown back to Ecuador on Friday after federal immigration officials denied his final appeal to remain in the U.S.. Officials at ... See more..
International Living 
There are plenty of reasons to go to La Libertad, here on the Santa Elena peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Ecuador. You can go to take care of business at one of the government office like the IESS (social security ... See more..
National Review 
Donziger has been written about frequently here, for his crusade to conduct what has been called the legal fraud of the century: A contrived and calculated green-scamming operation to fleece Chevron over alleged rain-forest polluting in Ecuador (for ... See more..
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Geography

Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru
Area

Total 283,561 sq km
Land 276,841 sq km
Water 6,720 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Galapagos Islands
Climate

tropical along coast, becoming cooler inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands
Natural Resources

petroleum, fish, timber, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

frequent earthquakes; landslides; volcanic activity; floods; periodic droughts

volcanism: volcanic activity concentrated along the Andes Mountains; Sangay (elev. 5,230 m), which erupted in 2010, is mainland Ecuador's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes in the Andes include Antisana, Cayambe, Chacana, Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha, Reventador, Sumaco, and Tungurahua; Fernandina (elev. 1,476 m), a shield volcano that last erupted in 2009, is the most active of the many Galapagos volcanoes; other historically active Galapagos volcanoes include Wolf, Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul, Pinta, Marchena, and Santiago volcanic activity concentrated along the Andes Mountains; Sangay (elev. 5,230 m), which erupted in 2010, is mainland Ecuador's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes in the Andes include Antisana, Cayambe, Chacana, Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha, Reventador, Sumaco, and Tungurahua; Fernandina (elev. 1,476 m), a shield volcano that last erupted in 2009, is the most active of the many Galapagos volcanoes; other historically active Galapagos volcanoes include Wolf, Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul, Pinta, Marchena, and Santiago
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; water pollution; pollution from oil production wastes in ecologically sensitive areas of the Amazon Basin and Galapagos Islands

Demographics

Nationality
Ecuadorian
Population
15,439,429 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Ecuador is substantially dependent on its petroleum resources, which have accounted for more than half of the country's export earnings and approximately two-fifths of public sector revenues in recent years. In 1999/2000, Ecuador's economy suffered from a banking crisis, with GDP contracting by 5.3% and poverty increasing significantly. In March 2000, the Congress approved a series of structural reforms that also provided for the adoption of the US dollar as legal tender. Dollarization stabilized the economy, and positive growth returned in the years that followed, helped by high oil prices, remittances, and increased non-traditional exports. From 2002-06 the economy grew ...See More an average of 4.3% per year, the highest five-year average in 25 years. After moderate growth in 2007, the economy reached a growth rate of 6.4% in 2008, buoyed by high global petroleum prices and increased public sector investment. President Rafael CORREA, who took office in January 2007, defaulted in December 2008 on Ecuador's sovereign debt, which, with a total face value of approximately US$3.2 billion, represented about 30% of Ecuador's public external debt. In May 2009, Ecuador bought back 91% of its "defaulted" bonds via an international reverse auction. Economic policies under the CORREA administration - for example, an announcement in late 2009 of its intention to terminate 13 bilateral investment treaties, including one with the United States - have generated economic uncertainty and discouraged private investment. The Ecuadorian economy slowed to 1% growth in 2009 due to the global financial crisis and to the sharp decline in world oil prices and remittance flows. Growth picked up to a 3.3% rate in 2010 and nearly 8% in 2011, before falling to 5% in 2012. China has become Ecuador's largest foreign lender since Quito defaulted in 2008, allowing the government to maintain a high rate of social spending; Ecuador contracted with the Chinese government for more than $9 billion in oil for cash and project loans as of December 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$155.8 billion (2012 est.); $148.4 billion (2011 est.); $137.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

26.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 27.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 24.6% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, coffee, cocoa, rice, potatoes, manioc (tapioca), plantains, sugarcane; cattle, sheep, pigs, beef, pork, dairy products; fish, shrimp; balsa wood
Industries

petroleum, food processing, textiles, wood products, chemicals