Yasuní has been classified by scientists all over the world, as the area with the largest biodiversity of the planet. Situated in the Ecuadorean Amazon jungle within the provinces of Orellana and Pastaza, in the heart of the rain forest, it consists of a protected extension of 982,000 hectares.

Besides being a Biospheric Reserve, this is where the Huaroni Tribe, indigenous of the region, live, as well as other villages in voluntary isolation. These are the last truly free people in Ecuador, authentic warriors, who live in so called “societies of abundance”, since they produce the minimal amount which will satisfy their basic needs.

On November 20, 1979, the Yasuní Region was declared a National Park. In 1989, the Yasuní National Park became part of the Biospheric World Reserve, within UNESCO’s “Man and the Biosphere” Program.
“…any alteration or reduction suffered by the natural forests lead inevitably to the extinction or diminishment of the genetic diversity and with it, the degradation of the biodiversity.”

The Yasuní National Park is one of the natural Pleistocenus Life Shelters. The Pleistocenus Life Shelters were formed during the drastic climatic changes when islands of vegetation were formed that served as a refuge for different flora and fauna species and as such, became the centers for the formation of new species. One of these islands was located in the Ecuadorean Amazon Jungle, in what now has been declared the Yasuní National Park. 1,762 different species of trees and shrubs have been identified in the Yasuní National Park and 350 of them have not been yet classified by occidental science. It is estimated that there may be some 2,274 species of trees and shrubs in the Yasuní National Park in addition to
593 species of birds. It has been said that “…there are more species of trees and shrubs in just one hectare of the Yasuni National Park than native trees in all of North America…” It was within this National Park that oil was discovered and that is why the President of Ecuador, honorable Rafael Correa, with the
ecological tendency and love for his country which characterizes him, has indicated that the first option for the country is to keep the crude oil dammed within the subsoil of the Yasuni National Park.

He is looking to stimulate the national and international societies to contribute to the country of Ecuador in the application of this costly national decision. The Ecuadorean government expects to attain in this manner 50% of what the country would get from extracting the crude oil from the Park.

This has been indeed, a very brave decision by the President of Ecuador. One that we should all support and it is for this reason that we have decided to dedicate this first World Eco Calendar




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