Update to: Financing proposal for expansion of Galapagos reserve still has no response from Government Published: Volume 5, Issue 26 Ecuador analyzes debt swap for new reserve in Galapagos Ecuador is analyzing an environmental debt swap to create a new reserve around...
Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador
Updated for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Only a year ago the collapse of the country’s healthcare system was making headlines around the world. Today, with its successful vaccination campaign, it is setting an example for countries in the region and globally. Today, Ecuador currently administers the highest daily number of doses per 100 people in the […]
New report shows that Ecuador’s freshwater fish are in grave danger
A recent study published in the Journal of Fish Biology highlights that the country’s aquatic ecosystems are seriously threatened, and conditions are worsening.
Lasso makes chronic childhood malnutrition a focus in his government, allocates additional $155 million
Chronic childhood malnutrition (DCI) continues to be a problem in Ecuador, and in fact it has worsened over the last 7 years. In 2018 (the latest firm figures available), 27.2% of children under two years were underweight and height, compared to 24.8% in 2014. Specialists are saying that the situation worsened with the pandemic and now, one […]
Exports to Russia increase over 2020, but lack of trade deal with Eurasian Economic Union could cause problems starting in mid-October
From January to May of this year, $434 million worth of goods have been exported to Russia, third most in exports after the United States and the European Union.
Ecuador’s Amazon being stripped of balsa with no controls
Ecuador is the world’s biggest exporter of balsa wood, most of it shipped to China. Indigenous communities in Ecuador’s Pastaza River Basin say balsa is being logged illegally in their territories and is damaging the ecological integrity of the region and hurting Indigenous communities. The problem has reportedly spread to neighboring Peru, where Indigenous communities accuse Ecuadoran balsa loggers of felling commercially valuable trees and even kidnapping a child.
Ecuador to selectively give third COVID-19 vaccine, study shows mixing formulations may increase immunity
This week Ecuador announced that it will administer a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people with weak immune systems and will carry out tests to determine if the rest of the inoculated population also needs a booster, Health Minister Ximena Garzon said on Tuesday. The government of President Guillermo Lasso is using Pfizer, […]
Ecuador investigating more than 160 pandemic related cases of corruption
During the presidential term of Lenín Moreno, whose term ended in May, the Attorney General’s Office had to create a specialized Task Force to be able to process and carry out investigations into alleged illegal acts related to the acquisition of products for the health emergency. As part of the cross-border project ‘Watch the pandemic,’ the following report details several of the emblematic cases, involving officials, businessmen and even the children of former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram.
Don’t fall prey
I’m in Florida now waiting for some medical appointments and wondering how things got so bad here in the US. By that I mean politically, socially, and even religiously. So much of those three things have merged together, with basis in the belief of many of the conspiracy theories going around the country. There is […]