Key Findings and Opportunities for REDD+ in Ecuador: An Abbreviated Summary of the Comprehensive Report on the Integrated Assessment of REDD+ in Ecuador
USAID commissioned a REDD+ assessment for Ecuador in 2011 to identify priority areas where its support could be most effective. This report summarizes its key findings.
It found that the policy and legal framework required for REDD+ is mostly in place, but there are gaps that must be addressed for it to be effectively implemented. These include a need to:
- Define carbon rights
- Resolve inconsistencies and contradictions among land planning strategies and key sectors
- Improve application of the forest governance model
- Facilitate more effective coordination among government agencies that influence the drivers of deforestation
The assessment also found opportunities for Ecuador to use donor and other resources to further develop REDD+. These include improving social safeguards; researching deforestation and enhancing biodiversity protection; broadening engagement with under-represented stakeholders; and improving land governance.
Regarding the establishment of a carbon market, it recommended directing funds and technical support to create a more enabling environment. Monitoring, reporting and verifying Ecuador’s forest carbon also needs to be more robust, which would require boosting research and training in LIDAR and other imagery. It also laid out low emission development strategies for the government to consider.