ECUADOR ENDANGERED is the name of RIC’s main campaign – to rescind nearly 2 million Has of mining concessions secretly handed out on protected forests and indigenous territories in Ecuador covering some of the most biodiverse landscapes on Earth.
DECEMBER 15 2018 Having granted the Caminantes Collective (Ecuadorean civil society groups struggling to save these forests) $9000 a few months ago for their national campaign, RIC has now disbursed another $9000 raised in the Ecuador Endangered crowdfund to the Melbourne Rainforest Action Group. MRAG have been leading the charge internationally with their research and direct actions putting pressure on the Australian mining companies who hold the lions share of the contested mining concessions.
OCTOBER 20 2018 RIC are proud to publish an important article by Ecuadorian economist, Alberto Acosta, a former Minister of Energy and Mines, former president of the Constituent Assembly and former candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador. "Río Blanco, Justice for The Rights of Nature" looks at the far-reaching implications of the August 3 court decision to suspend mining in Rio Blanco.
AUGUST 5 2018 This could be the game-changer we’ve been waiting for. A court in the Azuay Province of Ecuador has rejected the Government’s appeal and the Chinese-owned Rio Blanco gold mine has been stopped! See the excellent article about this issue written last week before this historic decision.
JULY 16 2018 - Important article on the economic damage caused by the mining industry, written by Alberto Acosta Ecuadorian economist former Minister of Energy and Mines. Former president of the Constituent Assembly. Former candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador. ENGLISH..... ESPAÑOL.
JULY 11 2018 We’re starting to bear down on the Aussie mining companies who have the lions share of the 2 million Ha of concessions we’re contesting in Ecuador. The newly reborn Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG) is doing fantastic work and along with the Australian Student Environment Network, and Friends of the Earth, we paid BHP a little visit. Photos
The campaign website
John Seed’s March 2018 article summarising the campaign
Jefferson Mecham’s comprehensive paper “Ecuador Endangered by Extreme Extractivism”
Our petition – please sign!
Crowdfund – please donate!
youtube channel – clips in English and Spanish
social media links
Vandegrift et al (2017): The extent of recent mining concessions in Ecuador (pdf, english) (pdf, spanish)\
Environmental Impact Study from early mining efforts in Junin (1996) (pdf)
Summary of tax and legal deregulations for mining made during Correa administration (Carlos Zorrilla, 2017) (pdf)
New mining concessions will severely decrease biodiversity and ecosystem services in Ecuador (Bitty Roy et al 2018)
Our involvement with this campaign stemmed from our efforts to protect the Los Cedros Biological Reserve, one of some 40 Bosques Protectores threatened by new mining concessions.
Here is our most recent update to Los Cedros supporters
Letter from world scientists attesting to the biological value of Los Cedros
Los Cedros species lists from Bitty Roy, professor of Ecology, University of Oregon
List of Publications from research at Los Cedros