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To accomplish our mission making the most responsible and effective use of the resources that the Lord provides, by producing and distributing radio broadcasts, financially supporting national missionaries, providing Christian literature, and employing any other means that will bring honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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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

San Francisco Chronicle 
(THE CONVERSATION) It may be a bit much to invoke Gustav Meyrink's Golem – the indomitable clay creation that destroyed everything in its path, alive but soulless – but the lurching, paradoxical maneuvering of Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, does ... See more..
teleSUR English 
The decision will be handed down within 24 hours and, in case it is approved, it must be fulfilled immediately. See more..
Washington Post 
You might think that the world's best-known fugitive from U.S. law would want to stay on good terms with the government that is shielding him. But that's not the ... See more..
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MLSsoccer.com 
Joao Plata has issued a public apology after being disciplined by the Ecuador national team's leadership after a curfew-breaking incident along with four of his teammates during the recently-completed international window. According to the Ecuadorian ... See more..
Xinhua 
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's Barcelona de Guayaquil will be without defender Gabriel Marques and forward Jonathan Alvez for the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semifinal against Gremio due to suspension. Marques was banned for ... See more..
Express.co.uk 
Correa has responded by branding President Moreno 'a traitor and a wolf in sheep's clothing'. Mr Assange's continued asylum at the embassy in London offers few political benefits, and risks presenting Ecuador as an antagonist towards the United States. See more..
Insightcrime.org 
In Ecuador and Chile, two of Latin America's most trusted police institutions have been hit by recent corruption scandals, a reminder that even the most highly-regarded security forces in the region are far from perfect. Ecuador's national police is ... See more..
Gulf Times 
Powered By VidMatic. Ecuador's Vice-President Jorge Glas, in jail pending a criminal investigation into allegations that he took $16mn in bribes from Brazil's Odebrecht, has told AFP that he is a victim of revenge by the construction giant. Glas on ... See more..
Daily Mail 
They have been accused of sneaking out of their team hotel ahead of a 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Argentina in Quito, according to the Ecuadorian Football Federation. Tuesday's game was vital for Argentina, who needed points to have a good ... See more..
Salt Lake Tribune 
Jorge Célico was analyzed, where the facts are explained in detail, the directory UNANIMOUSLY resolved to INDEFINITELY SUSPEND the five players who participated in the act from all Ecuador national team appearances,” the FEF said in a statement. 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