Rochester Committee on Latin America


Politics, environment and the continuing challenges for indigenous communities


Paola Macas Betchart

Paola Macas Betchart is an Environmental Anthropologist who was born and raised in Ecuador. For more than 10 years, she has been researching natural resources management, focusing on conservation and development issues in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and organizing volunteer community projects and educational workshops in various towns in Ecuador. Recently, this effort became the Ecuadoran Support Network (RAE in Spanish).

Ms. Betchart will discuss the political background of legislation for the protection of natural resources in Ecuador as well as a brief history of the indigenous movement. She will also explore the challenges of enforcing the protections that became part of the avant garde 2008 Ecuadoran constitution, including the Texaco case and the Yasuní-ITT Initiative to conserve natural resources.

Wednesday, May 7th, 7:00 PM
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY

Free and open to the public.
Wheelchair accessible and looped for those with hearing loss.