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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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William Ascher

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This thesis examines the emergence and development of the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, an innovative proposal built on the idea of leaving oil underground in exchange for financial contributions from the international community, brought forth by the Ecuadorian government in 2007. In 2013, Ecuador abandoned the Yasuní-ITT Initiative due to a myriad of political and economic challenges that are explored in this thesis. This paper examines the design and framework of the proposal as a carbon sequestration project and explores what lessons can be learned from the failure of the Yasuní-ITT Initiative.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.