Judges to decide fate of Paddington family’s ultra-biodiverse forest home in landmark ruling

Court must choose between mining licences and the ‘rights of nature’ in groundbreaking case with thousands of species at stake, writes Jane Dalton

Andean bears are among the wildlife already under threat in Ecuador
Andean bears are among the wildlife already under threat in Ecuador

In the film Paddington, the forests of South America are the furry hero’s native land – and represent all that’s good in the world.

Now, judges are poised to rule on the fate of a forest reserve that’s one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world and home to Andean bears just like Paddington.

In a landmark test case, the first of its kind in the world, a court will decide whether mining licences take precedence over the “rights of nature”, which are enshrined in Ecuador’s constitution.

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