: BR-319: towards realityBBC: Ecuador’s Amazon drilling pledge still to take shape

BR-319: towards realityBBC: Ecuador’s Amazon drilling pledge still to take shape

Mon December 13th, 2010

Vila Realidade (or Reality Village), along the BR-319 highway and to the south of the Amazon Rainforest, is a township waiting for the asphalting of the road that begins to open up a path to deforesting in the most untouched portion of the Amazon.Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, containing as many tree species as the US and Canada combined.

Yet it is not a park ranger who greets visitors but an employee of Spanish oil company Repsol-YPF who registers those who come in and out.

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