Environment of Ecuador

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The Environment of Ecuador contains almost 20,000 species of plants, 1,500 species of birds, 341 species of mammals and more than 840 species of reptiles and amphibians.[1] It includes World Heritage Sites like the Galápagos Islands, and magnificent parks such as the Yasuni National Park.

Damage to the environment[edit]

Mining in Ecuador has come at a great environmental cost, though it has provided some financial revenue. Logging and oil exploitation are other major problems. In 2007, president Correa proposed the Yasuní-ITT Initiative so as to allow preserving the Yasuni national parc, while still allowing to generate revenue for the country.

Environmental performance[edit]

In the Yale University and Columbia University 2010 Environmental Performance Index, Ecuador was ranked 30 in the world,[2] ahead of some rich countries.

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