Rainforest in Ecuador threatened by mining

Giant copper mining corporations BHP and Codelco close in on 243,000 hectares of rainforest - how you can help

243,000 hectares of rainforest in the Cotachaci Cayapas nature reserve threatened by mining

We received an email from Ned Cresswell, an organic farmer and biologist living in Ecuador, politely requesting help to protect his valley in the Intag region of South America.

What’s the problem?

Some of the world’s largest copper mining companies (BHP, Codelco) are planning to develop the region. With the consequence that the natural area will be destroyed.

The Intag zone of Ecuador, where Ned lives, covers an area of 150,000 hectares (1,500 square kilometres). At present, 90,000 hectares (70% of the area) have been concessioned to mining companies. Although these figures frequently change as more areas are concessioned.

In the Intag area, the mining concessions include many towns and villages, hundreds of streams and rivers, thousands of hectares of primary forests and the 6,900 hectare Los Cedros reserve.

The Los Cedros reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, 6 species of big cat, hundreds of other mammals and amphibians, many in danger of extinction, including a unique species of spider monkey.

More importantly, the mining concessions adjoin and are within the buffer zone of the 243,000 hectare Cotacachi Cayapas nature reserve.

The area covering 243,000 hectares of forest in the Cotachaci Cayapas nature reserve was established in 1968 to specifically protect:

• 689 species of birds, 139 mammals, 111 species amphibians, 124 reptiles.

• Wolves, jaguars, bears and pumas.

• Endemic nature in danger of extinction.

Anyone with a concern for nature will see why this is worth a few minutes of their time.

We all lead busy lives.

Yet this video makes you stop and think. If we do anything, surely it must start with protecting the rainforest. Championing the shift to clean energy and sustainable food production is pointless at the expense of the most precious nature reserves.

If one person sees this video who can help, please contact Ned Cresswell (Eduardo in the video) by email:

And thank you to everyone who watches the video.

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