Ecuador Sustainable Forests and Coasts

Completed Project
Project Countries: Ecuador
Thematic Issues: Economic Growth
Project Duration: 2009 to 2014

The Ecuador Sustainable Forests and Coasts project aimed to improve income for local communities and increase their productivity and the sale of products that depend on conservation (such as organic cocoa, vegetable ivory nuts, and crabmeat). The project helped communities meet requirements for accessing financial incentives for conservation, such as the Forest Partner Program of the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador (MAE), which provides cash payments over 20 years for the conservation of natural forests. To access the Forest Partner Program, assistance was given for conservation area zoning and measurement, the participatory development of an investment plan for incentives and land titling.