Just to give an example:
In 2017, the Ecuadorian government announced concessions to over 2.4 million hectares (6.15 million acres) of land for mining exploration. Many of these exploratory concessions are in previously protected forests and indigenous territories, as well in headwater ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots of global importance. Additionally, many of these concessions appear to be in violation of Ecuadorian law and international treaties.
We’ll put some maps on there:
The Ecuadorian government has gotten its peoples and land into quite a pickle. It’s trying to buy its way out of a weak economy with extraction of natural resources, a disastruous solution. But the government had lot of help from a history of colonialism, and “friends”, like the World Bank, international mining corporations, and modern powerful economic empires like the United States and China.
The story is complex… got a minute? Go here.