A petroleum engineer looks at a tree in Yasuni Park in this file photo taken May 15, 2007. Under pressure to preserve the environment while at the same time ease the poverty of his people, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has come up with an unusual solution. Correa wants wealthy nations to pay Ecuador $350 million a year in exchange for leaving an estimated 1 billion barrels of oil under the ground in the pristine Yasuni rainforest. Picture taken May 15, 2007. To match feature ECUADOR-OIL/CONSERVATION REUTERS/Guillermo Granja (ECUADOR) - RTR1S5N8

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Hoatzins perch on a tree at the Yasuni National Park September 8, 2010. Ecuador is launching a one-of-a-kind initiative to protect a jungle reserve in the park that contains not only a huge variety of plants and animals but 20 percent of the country's crude oil. Picture taken September 8, 2010. To match Feature ECUADOR-YASUNI/ REUTERS/Guillermo Granja (ECUADOR - Tags: ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2ICI6

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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa delivers a speech in a national broadcasting conference at Carondelet Palace in Quito August 15, 2013. Correa made an announcement to reverse his 2007 initiative to protect the Yasuni area of the Amazon basin from oil drilling, which boasts one of the planet's richest ranges of wildlife. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja (ECUADOR - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY POLITICS) - RTX12N5E

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