Indigenous Shuar community in Ecuador wins decades-long battle to protect land

By Maxwell Radwin
July 28, 2022

  • Ecuador’s National System of Protected Areas now includes the 5,497-hectare (13,583-acre) ancestral Tiwi Nunka Forest in the country’s south.
  • The Shuar Indigenous community of El Kiim, with the help of the NGO Nature and Culture International, has been fighting for decades to protect the land from cattle ranchers, loggers and miners.
  • National protections mean the land is safe from exploitation by mining companies, which sometimes find ways to bypass less stringent conservation protections.

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