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.


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

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    The initial institutions or “first recipients” receiving funding for REDD+ activities in Ecuador are predominantly based in Ecuador. About one-third or 32.2% of the total committed funds are scheduled to be received by in-country offices of Donor Governments, namely Germany’s GIZ and KfW banking groups, as well as the US Forestry Services (UFS).  Multilateral implementing agencies together account 30% of the total funds committed. Similarly, international NGOs are scheduled to receive approximately 29% of the total funds. While the Government of Ecuador, including both the Ministry of Environment (MAE) and the National Environmental Fund (FAN), are scheduled to receive only 3%.

    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 2013, the majority of this funding went to the Grupo Social Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio (FEPP), a non-profit, private foundation.  

    Lower 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.

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  • Commitments by institution type and year

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    An annual breakdown highlights a significant increase in commitments in 2011.  During that time, donor governments, international NGOs, and multilateral implanting agents (i.e., UNDP, UNEP, and FAO) were the primary recipients. Minimal amounts of funding were committed in to additional recipients from 2012 to 2014.

    In general, the Ecuadorian government has received relatively little funding.

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