Of course Ecuador prefers the sand. Between 1990 and 2010, it 'lost' 28.6% of its forest cover or around 3,952,000 ha. (The total area of Israel is 2,200,000 ha.) Ecuador is a small country with a big appetite that tolerates no green. Just look at a satellite image of Israel...
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