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Through two referendums, Ecuadorians voted this Sunday against oil exploitation in the Yasuní National Park, in Ecuador's Amazon region, and the extraction of gold ore in the Chocó Andino, near Quito, the capital.


Ecuador will decide oil exploitation in forest reserves

The consultation asked if they agreed that the Government kept the crude known as Block 43 or ITT indefinitely in the subsoil; to which 49 percent of citizens with the ability to vote said yes.

Based on this result, a gradual and orderly withdrawal of all activities related to the exploitation of crude oil will be carried out in a maximum period of one year in the place.

The Yasuní National Park is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity on the planet. The Ministry of the Environment, Water and Ecological Transition of the Latin American country estimates that each hectare of the reserve in this area is home to some 650 species of trees, hundreds of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, some endemic.

Meanwhile, in the second consultation of four questions, the inhabitants were asked if they agreed with the prohibition of mining exploitation in the Chocó Andino natural reserve.

In this case, the yes was also imposed with percentages that exceed 67 percent of the votes. However, this change will only count for the future, as no new concessions will be granted. Those already delivered will continue because they were acquired under a previous regime.

The Chocó Andino, with an extension of 287,000 hectares of forests, serves as a carbon dioxide sink, thus improving the quality of the capital's air and mitigating the effects of global warming.

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