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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Ecuador:The Struggle Being a Megadiverse Country in a World of Scarce Natural Resources

The consumption of non-renewable natural/environmental resources is inexhaustible in today's growing world. Countries that still have an abundance of these non-renewable natural resources face challenges such as conservation or spent resources. Ecuador is one of the top five most diverse countries in the world with 46 ecosystems and is considered an Important Bird Area based on the diversity of species. Being a developing country however, Ecuador is at a crossroads: do they protect the environment or do they help their economy, by 'feeding' the ever growing demand for natural resources by developed nations. This presentation will delve into the environmental policy of Ecuador; trials and tribulations of creating a model system for preservation while also increasing the social equity among its people, of which, at least 30% live below the poverty line. The presentation will contrast current environmental policies within America.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Richard Loscalzo (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm Session III