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Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life

Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life

Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life.

Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life, focusing on the heart of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

Yasuní National Park in eastern Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. In 1995, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), the University of Aarhus in Denmark, and ForestGEO-STRI initiated a Forest Dynamics Plot in the northwest portion of the Park in lowland, aseasonal, old-growth rainforest.

Yasuni Wilderness
Yasuni Wilderness explores the Diversity of Life

In 1 ha of the Yasuní FDP, there are 670 tree species. Comparing this number with species counts in 1 ha of a forest at other sites—BCI, Panama (168 species); Pasoh, Peninsular Malaysia (497 species)—illustrates the exceptional richness of the Yasuní forest.

In the entire 50 ha site, we recorded 1,150 species. To date, more than 30 species have been discovered that are new to science.

Jarol Fernando Vaca began exploring the heart of the Yasuni, he entered the first time to Waorani Ethnic Reserve, I lead tours for and Ecuadorian Tour Operator, he entered into an intimate relationship that goes for good twenty years.

He explores with the first-hand sources of information to understand the roles of species, understanding the mechanics of Life in the Amazon rainforest with the Waorani people.

Organize and leads to the remote location in the Yasuni National Park

Rainforest Sounds
Rainforest Sounds

The Yasuní-ITT

The Yasuní-ITT Initiative was a project that attempted to keep over a billion barrels of oil in the ground under the Yasuni National Park, a biosphere reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

The initiative was launched in 2007 which offered a perpetual suspension of oil extraction in part of the Yasuni National Park called Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) in return for payments of $3.6 billion from the international community (half of what Ecuador would have realized in revenue from exploiting the resources at 2007 prices).

It envisioned the transition to a sustainable economy, using the funds to create jobs in such sectors as renewable energy while respecting the region’s biodiversity and social equality.

One of the world’s most innovative global environmental governance mechanisms was announced to leave oil underground in an effort of co-responsibility with the world to combat climate change.

However, by 2012 only $200 million had been pledged and by 2013 the plan had abandoned and drilling started in 2016.

While the press and policy leaders have railed against the president for not completing this pioneering plan, a subtle and more important point has escaped us: the very foundations of this plan, sumak kawsay / buen vivir (the good life), and Ecuador’s constitutional rights of nature, are threatened.

The world may have missed an opportunity to move toward a more sustainable outlook for its future.

The Scientific Field Research centers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. These are located in the province of Orellana, about 280 km ESE from Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.
Yasuni research station

The Yasuni Research Station is the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) Biological Station inside the Yasuni National Park on the Southern bank of the Tiputini River.

Tiputini Biological Station

Tiputini Biodiversity Station is located on the northern bank of the Tiputini River, and although separated from the Yasuni National Park by the river, the station is in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

The station is jointly managed by Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Boston University as a center of education, research, and conservation.

Tiputini Biodiversity Station preserves a tract of 6.5 km² which mostly includes primary non-flooded forest, but there is a rather narrow belt of flooded vegetation towards the river, streams, and around a small oxbow lake.

Along the Tiputini River, several beaches are uncovered during the dry season, but all are short, never greater than 100 m. Because of its remote location and agreements with local indigenous groups, no hunting of large mammals has occurred in the area and it is possible to habituate and study primates that are difficult to observe elsewhere. The station is geared towards research and education.

Yasuni Ecuador Hotels

The Yasuni Reserve in Ecuador Have many accommodations options from luxurious  lodging facilities such as Napo Wildlife Center, Sacha Lodge, Sani, Lodge, La Selva Lodge, Napo Cultural Center, Indillama Lodge

Yasuni Ecuador Ecotourism

Tourism is the major player in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the amount of biodiversity and the access to unique destinations turns the Yasuni a Wildlife destination for specializing tourism.

You can have activities such as Birdwatching, Wildlife Photography, Educational Ecology Course, Communitarian Tourism.

Yasuní National Park Oil Drilling

Yasuni Oils’ history has begun quite a time ago.

Heart of Ecuador’s Yasuni, home to uncontacted tribes, opens for oil drilling

Yasuni National Park has long been controversial for being an area rich in biodiversity that also has some of Ecuador’s largest oil reserves

Yasunı ́has outstanding global conservation significance due to its extraordinary biodiversity and potential to sustain this biodiversity in the long term:

  1. large size and wilderness character,
  2. intact large-vertebrate assemblage,
  3. IUCN level-II protection status in a region lacking other strict protected areas, and the likelihood of
  4. maintaining wet, rainforest conditions while anticipated climate change-induced drought intensifies in the eastern Amazon.

However, further oil development in Yasunı ́jeopardizes its conservation values.

Yasuni National Park Animals

The most iconical wildlife found in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, during daily excursions:

  1. Anaconda
  2. Jaguar
  3. Harpy Eagle
  4. Pink Dolphin
  5. Sloth
  6. Wooly Monkey

Ecuador Amazon Yasuni

Ecuador has about 2 % of the entire Amazon Basin, Yasuni is located in the biological crossroad turning into the most fascinating location to watch wildlife.

Watch the Jaguar  found in the Yasuni Video on YouTube