Planet Money
9:02 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Planet Money: Holding A Rainforest Hostage?

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:12 pm

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is an amazing rainforest — home to jaguars, giant otters, the golden-mantled tamarin and woolly monkeys. The park also sits on top of hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, worth billions of dollars.

The government of Ecuador faces a choice: Should it protect the park, or go for the money?

The country is trying to do both. The government says it will leave its rainforest untouched — if rich counties give Ecuador billions of dollars.

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