Deforestation ramping up in Yasuni as Ecuador sets to open up national park to drilling

1 August 2014

Satellite data shows recent increase in forest loss alerts in areas near oil development

Yasuni National park has been in the conservation spotlight in recent years, with oil drilling threatening the forests and wildlife of this biodiversity hotspot. Recently, disturbance in the park may have ramped up, with satellite data showing a significant increase in deforestation alerts within Yasuni National Park since 2011.

The increase in forest damage in the region coincides with a series of oil drilling activities near the blocks where deforestation alerts are clustered.

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