Comparing Industry Incentives Versus Industry Impacts of Hydrocarbon Development within the ITT Oil Block of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science


Environmental Policy & Mgmt


Steven Bissell


Ecuador; Huaorani; Hydrocarbon; ITT; Tagaeri; Taromenane; Yasuni


Ecuador hosts vast amounts of economically significant oil reserves. Ecuador is also home to what many believe as the Earth's most biologically diverse forest. Yasuni National Park is situated in the heart of Ecuador's most productive oil region. The ITT section of Yasuni holds 20% of Ecuador's remaining oil reserves, generating strong interest in future hydrocarbon development. This study examines incentives in favor of developing Yasuni's ITT reserves, while alternatively exploring the environmental and social impacts connected to Ecuador's oil industry. Through direct observation, interviews and analysis of previous research, this study concludes that incentives for oil development do not outweigh the direct and indirect environmental and cultural impacts expected to occur were oil development activities to proceed within the ITT section of Yasuni National Park.

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