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Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 2 - Activity fully underway 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2016

Strengthen participatory mechanisms for protected areas management
2012 - 2016 $475,000
2013 $20,000 Create legal instruments for the participation of other actors in PA management
2015 $25,000 Undertake negotiation and consensus activities for the participation of other actors.
2016 $430,000 Monitor the implementation of participation models
Strengthen policies, legal instruments and procedures for protected areas management
2012 - 2014 $2,184,000
2013 $50,000 Develop the legal regulations of protected areas in line with the Constitution and the Organic Environmental Code.
2016 $225,000 Develop and implement tools for assessing management effectiveness of protected areas and NPAS.
2016 $599,000 Develop and update the PA management plans based on the established format (incorporating climate change as a variable).
2016 $960,000 Develop and implement control and monitoring system for protected areas.
2016 $350,000 Develop and implement the system of biological monitoring in protected areas.
Update conservation gap analysis for the National Protected Areas System
2012 - 2013 $115,000
2012 $40,000 Develop the methodology to update the gap analysis
2012 $75,000 Update conservation gap analysis
Increase ecosystem representativeness through the incorporation of protected areas in other sub-systems of the NPAS
2012 - 2016 $868,000
2012 $15,000 Approve guidelines for the incorporation of private PAs to NPAS.
2012 $15,000 Approve guidelines for the incorporation of community areas to SNAP.
2012 - 2016 $365,000 Incorporate autonomous government areas to NPAS.
2012 - 2013 $20,000 Incorporate private areas to NPAS
2012 - 2014 $250,000 Incorporate community areas to NPAS
2012 - 2016 $203,000 Studies for declaration of new areas for subsystems to NPAS
Integrate marine and costal protected areas through other forms of conservation
2012 - 2016 $1,500,000
2013 $15,000 Approve the legal regulations for incorporating connectivity corridors as another form of conservation.
2016 $75,000 Recognition of terrestrial and coastal marine connectivity corridors
2016 $1,410,000 Implementation of activities in connectivity corridors
Implement mechanisms for the financial sustainability of NPAS
2012 - 2016 $400,000
2013 $50,000 Update NPAS' financial sustainability strategy
2015 $250,000 Implement business plans in protected areas.
2014 $20,000 Implement processes for tourist services management by third parties in protected areas.
2016 $80,000 Implement other financial sustainability mechanisms

GEF Projects

Ecuador is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 3 countries : Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Strengthening the Implementation of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing Regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean Biodiversity 2009-04-07 CEO Approved 850,000 USD 600,000 USD
Multiplying Environmental and Carbon Benefits in High Andean Ecosystems Multi Focal Area 2012-06-07 PPG Approved 4,926,364 USD 18,150,000 USD
Communities of Conservation: Safeguarding the World's Most Threatened Species Biodiversity 2009-01-27 Under Implementation 1,825,000 USD 1,775,000 USD
4th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (RAF1) Multi Focal Area 2007-06-14 Project Completion 13,647,498 USD 0
Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation into Tourism through the Development and Dissemination of Best Practices Biodiversity 2005-08-16 2008-03-01 Project Closure 997,272 USD 1,310,702 USD
Design and Implementation of Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Measures in the Andean Region Climate Change 2007-06-15 Under Implementation 7,490,000 USD 21,750,000 USD
Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Climate Change Multi Focal Area 2007-11-16 CEO Endorsed 7,700,000 USD 43,780,090 USD
Biodiversity Indicators for National Use Biodiversity 2002-03-26 2005-06-30 Project Closure 848,200 USD 610,000 USD
Conservation of the Biodiversity of the Paramo in the Northern and Central Andes Biodiversity 2005-06-08 2012-02-01 Under Implementation 8,858,980 USD 10,532,374 USD
Development of National Implementation Plans for the Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) POPs 2001-05-11 2009-12-01 Project Closure 6,185,000 USD 3,130,000 USD
Economics of GHG Limitation - Phase I Climate Change 1995-02-01 2000-07-30 Project Closure 3,000,000 USD 270,000 USD
Integrated and Environmentally Sound PCBs Management in Ecuador POPs 2012-06-07 Council Approved 2,050,000 USD 7,800,000 USD
Mainstreaming of the Use and Conservation of Agrobiodiversity in Public Policies through Integrated Strategies and In situ Implementation in three Provinces in the Andean Highlands. Biodiversity 2012-06-07 Council Approved 1,250,000 USD 4,980,000 USD
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, Forests, Soil and Water to Achieve the Good Living (Buen Vivir / Sumac Kasay) in the Napo Province Multi Focal Area 2012-06-07 Council Approved 2,682,828 USD 10,560,035 USD
Advancing Landscape Approaches in Ecuador's National Protected Area System to Improve Conservation of Globally Endangered Wildlife Biodiversity 2012-02-29 PPG Approved 4,545,455 USD 18,765,000 USD
Adaptation to Climate Change through Effective Water Governance Climate Change 2007-06-15 Under Implementation 3,350,000 USD 6,000,000 USD
National Capacity Needs Self-Assessment for Global Environment Management Multi Focal Area 2003-02-26 IA Approved 200,000 USD 0
Power and Communications Sectors Modernization and Rural Services Project (PROMEC) Climate Change 2001-02-12 2008-06-30 Project Completion 2,500,000 USD 24,710,000 USD
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2001-05-01 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 0
National Protected Areas System Biodiversity 2001-05-11 2007-12-31 Project Closure 8,350,000 USD 6,400,000 USD
Choco-Andean Corridor Biodiversity 2000-05-01 2003-07-31 Project Closure 999,663 USD 2,353,266 USD
Wetland Priorities for Conservation Action Biodiversity 1999-02-11 2002-11-01 Project Closure 743,388 USD 191,500 USD
National Biodiversity Strategy, Action Plan and First National Report to the CBD Biodiversity 1998-04-27 IA Approved 289,300 USD 0
IFAD FP 2008-11-13 2,800,000 USD 10,984,000 USD
IADB FP 2008-04-24 4,230,000 USD 6,000,000 USD
Action for a Sustainable Amazonia Biodiversity 1995-10-01 Cancelled 3,850,000 USD 700,000 USD
A Participatory Approach to Managing the Environment: An Input to the Inter-American Strategy for Participation (ISP) Multi Focal Area 1997-08-01 2000-06-30 Project Closure 720,000 USD 840,000 USD
Implementing Integrated Measures for Minimizing Mercury Releases from Artisanal Gold Mining Multi Focal Area 2012-03-19 CEO Approved 999,900 USD 2,676,764 USD
4th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (RAF2) Multi Focal Area 2009-04-21 CEO Endorsed 42,714,904 USD 43,000,000 USD
Supporting the Implementation of the Global Monitoring Plan of POPs in Latin America and Caribbean States (GRULAC) POPs 2008-09-25 IA Approved 890,000 USD 1,065,000 USD
Conservation and Use of Crop Genetic Diversity to Control Pests and Diseases in Support of Sustainable Agriculture (Phase 1) Biodiversity 2006-08-01 2010-08-01 Project Completion 3,761,148 USD 4,274,344 USD
Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water (GloBallast Partnerships) International Waters 2007-06-14 Under Implementation 6,387,840 USD 17,701,939 USD
Facilitation of Financing for Biodiversity-based Businesses and Support of Market Development Activities in the Andean Region Biodiversity 2008-07-28 Under Implementation 6,764,021 USD 7,897,954 USD
EcoEnterprises Fund Biodiversity 2002-04-19 2010-01-14 Project Completion 1,000,000 USD 9,000,000 USD
Catalyzing Conservation Action in Latin America: Identifying Priority Sites and Best Management Biodiversity 2000-03-29 2003-09-30 Project Closure 750,000 USD 680,000 USD
Global Environmental Citizenship (GEC) Multi Focal Area 1998-03-30 2008-12-31 Project Completion 3,212,000 USD 3,165,000 USD
Regional Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in the Amazon Biodiversity 1991-05-01 IA Approved 4,500,000 USD 855,000 USD
Climate Change Training Phase II - Training Programme to Support the Implementation of the UNFCCC Climate Change 1995-05-01 IA Approved 2,700,000 USD 500,000 USD
Monitoring System for the Galapagos Islands Biodiversity 1998-11-01 2002-06-20 Project Closure 941,350 USD 649,200 USD
Fifth Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Program in Ecuador Multi Focal Area 2011-03-29 CEO Endorsed 4,398,145 USD 4,800,000 USD
Industrial Energy Efficiency in Ecuador Climate Change 2010-01-28 CEO Approved 990,000 USD 3,835,000 USD
National Biodiversity Planning to Support the Implementation of the CBD 2011-2020 Strategic Plan Biodiversity 2012-04-12 CEO Approved 251,442 USD 443,558 USD
Integrated Management of Marine and Coastal Areas of High Value for Biodiversity in Continental Ecuador Biodiversity 2012-06-07 Council Approved 3,058,788 USD 12,396,654 USD
Sustainable Financing of Ecuador?s National System of Protected Areas (SNAP) and Associated Private and Community-managed PA Subsystems Biodiversity 2009-01-27 Under Implementation 6,500,000 USD 9,000,000 USD
Management of Chimborazo's Natural Resources Biodiversity 2007-11-16 CEO Endorsed 4,000,000 USD 7,500,000 USD
Development of National Implementation Plans for the Management of POPs - Ecuador "add-on" POPs 2005-09-12 2008-12-31 Project Closure 45,000 USD 19,000 USD
Galapagos Oil Spill : Environmental Rehabilitation and Conservation Biodiversity 2001-04-05 2007-12-31 Project Completion 530,000 USD 470,000 USD
Conservation of Biodiversity in Pastaza Biodiversity 2002-04-24 2005-10-31 Project Closure 788,000 USD 248,744 USD
Control of Invasive Species in the Galapagos Archipelago Biodiversity 2000-02-01 2010-12-31 Project Completion 18,675,000 USD 23,240,000 USD
Albarradas in Coastal Ecuador: Rescuing Ancient Knowledge on Sustainable Use of Biodiversity Biodiversity 2000-07-14 2003-08-31 Project Closure 750,000 USD 2,357,500 USD
Enabling Ecuador to Prepare its First National Communication in Response to its Commitments to UNFCCC Climate Change 1999-03-29 IA Approved 220,000 USD 0
Renewable Energy for Electricity Generation?Renewable Electrification of the Galapagos Islands Climate Change 2001-12-07 2011-06-30 Under Implementation 4,643,434 USD 21,310,000 USD
Biodiversity Protection Biodiversity 1992-04-01 2000-06-30 Project Closure 7,515,000 USD 1,500,000 USD

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