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.

Overview: REDD+ finance flowing to Ecuador

Ecuador’s REDD+ financing landscape is set out below.

Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and recipients, 2009-2014

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Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and recipients, 2009-2013

Cumulative commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

  • Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and recipients, 2009-2014

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    Donor governments account for 63% of all REDD+ financing flowing to Ecuador between 2009 and 2013. This funding is going to a variety of recipients. However over half, or 51%, of these financial flows represent bilateral agreements with the Ecuadorian government.  A portion of these funds also represent donor government to donor government transactions, including in-kind technical assistance from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to support different components of the GESOREN project and from USAID for MRV research and pilot demonstrations

    Multilateral institutions are major donor as well, providing 16% of total REDD+ funds committed, with multilateral implementing agents receiving the greatest amount and the supranational institution, COICA, receiving the remainder.  

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  • Flows of REDD+ finance between donors and recipients, 2009-2013


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    An overview of the REDD+ financing landscape in Ecuador highlights that a large proportion of funds has been committed by donor governments, including Germany (GIZ and KfW), as well as USAID, and Finland.

    In generally, these donor governments are channeling funds through their in-country embassies and cooperation agencies. For example, GIZ funding is being directed to the agency’s in-country offices to implement REDD+ components of the GESOREN project.   An additional example can be seen in 2011 when USAID committed us $1.6 million to the US Forestry Service to provide in-kind technical service and carry out pilot projects.

    In addition to donor governments, multilateral institutions have also committed large amounts of funding to Ecuador.  The UN-REDD Programme will disburse approximately US$3.9 million in commitments to in-country implementing agents, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    Currently, Ecuadorian NGOs, along with the national foundation, FEPP, represent the primary second recipients.  A lack of additional second tier recipients represented in this chart should not be seen as a failure to implement REDD+ activities in Ecuafor. First recipients may pass funding to other organizations to implement activities, commit funding directly to local communities or households for payments for environmental services, or implement the activities directly themselves. A clearer picture will emerge as additional REDDX data collection continues.

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  • Cumulative commitments and disbursements, 2009-2014

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    In Ecuador, commitments rose sharply from 2009 to 2011. Between 2012 and 2014 new commitments were minimal. Disbursements, however, increased steady throughout the period, eventually reaching 76% or US $16.8 million by the end of 2014.


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