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Ecuadorian Court Shuts Down Mining Plans in Cloud Forest, Citing Constitutional Rights of Nature

HeadlineDec 08, 2021

In a landmark ruling last week, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court said plans to mine for copper and gold in a protected cloud forest were unconstitutional and violate the rights of nature. The case involved mining permits that were issued in Los Cedros — a protected area in northwestern Ecuador — which the high court argued would harm the precious and unique biodiversity of the forest. The rights of nature are enshrined in Ecuador’s Constitution.

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