Map of Ecuador Ecuador

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:

$ 22,204,686

Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:


Ecuador is considered one of the world’s mega-diverse countries, with more species and endemics per unit area than its much larger South American neighbors. Approximately 10 million hectares of native forest remain, with the Amazon region containing the majority (~80%) of the country’s forest cover. Highly diverse dry and humid forest areas are also found in the montane region and Pacific coastal forests. However, according to Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment, the national deforestation rate from 2008 to 2012 was approximately 0.6%, or an average of 74,400 hectares per year. Therefore the country has prioritized lowering its deforestation rate through a number of national policies. In 2009, Ecuador was officially accepted as a UN-REDD Programme observer country and became a beneficiary of the National Joint Program (NJP) in March 2011.


Main donors, levels of funding committed and disbursed to Ecuador between 2009 and 2014:

Proportional total donor commitments and disbursements 2009-2014


Donor commitments by location, 2009-2014