Map of Ecuador Ecuador

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:

$38,390,672

Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:

$15,845,567

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. The country has prioritized lowering its deforestation rate through a number of national policies. Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment launched the Socio Bosque Program in 2008 to incentivize the protection of forests, and in 2009, the country’s Plan for Good Living set a national goal to reduce deforestation by 30% by 2013. Ecuador has seen support for its initiatives from the UN-REDD Programme – after Ecuador became a beneficiary country in 2011 – and other international, multilateral and bilateral commitments.

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Recipients

Financing flows and institutions receiving funds committed for REDD+ activities in Ecuador:

Commitments to recipients by location and type

 

Commitments by institution type and year

 
   
  • Commitments to recipients by location and type

    The initial institutions or “first recipients” receiving funding for REDD+ activities in Ecuador are predominantly based in Ecuador. About half or 46.1% of the total committed funds are scheduled to be received by the Government of Ecuador, namely the Ministry of Environment (MAE) and the National Environmental Fund (FAN). The in-country offices of donor government agencies and multilateral implementing agencies together account for a third or 33% of the total funds committed. Additionally, international NGOs, academic institutions, and consultancies are scheduled to receive 18% of the total funds.

    In general, donor governments are not recipients of international REDD+ finance. However in some instances, specific donor government agencies receive funds from another agency within their own government. Flows of finance from a donor government to a donor government might take place where development aid or climate finance is disbursed from one centralized department within a government with projects/activities implemented by other government agencies. For example in 2010, GIZ committed US $5.7 million for its Ecuadorian office to implement 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.

    Secondary institutions or “second recipients” receiving REDD+ finance where data has been collected are also displayed in the chart. During the period from 2009 to 2011, only 1% of the total committed funds were passed onto second recipients, which include Ecuadorian NGOs and academic institutions, as well as the private sector.

    Low percentage transfers of funding from first to second recipients should not be seen as a failure to implement REDD+ activities in Ecuador. First and second 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.

  • Commitments by institution type and year

    An annual breakdown highlights that there has been a significant increase in commitments in 2011. In both 2011 and 2012, the Ecuadorian Government has been the primary recipient, and is scheduled to receive 64% of the funds committed in 2011, and 100% of the funds committed in 2012.

    Donor governments and multilateral implementing agents account for similar proportion of funds committed in 2010 (47% and 45%, respectively).

    In general, donor governments are not recipients of international REDD+ finance. However in some instances, specific donor government agencies receive funds from another agency within their own government. Flows of finance from a donor government to a donor government might take place where development aid or climate finance is disbursed from one centralized department within a government with projects/activities implemented by other government agencies. For example in 2010, GIZ committed US $5.7 million for its Ecuadorian office to implement 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.

Data Source: Ecuador

All data presented in this chart was collected in-country through our national partner, Ecodecision, and compiled by Forest Trends. For more information on our methodology, please visit our FAQs page.