Ecuador

Ecuador

About half of Ecuador’s land area is covered by forests, the majority of which are primary forests. The annual rate of deforestation for the period 2010-15 was 0.6% (FAO, 2015).

Illegal logging is a significant problem in the country. The government has taken measures to curb deforestation and illegal logging, and it was the first country to grant inalienable rights to nature in its constitution (Georgetown University, 2011). Ecuador is a member of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) and has worked with the other seven member countries to develop strategies aimed at reducing illegal logging in the Amazon (United Nations, 2012).