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One of the world's most biodiverse countries, Ecuador became the first-ever nation in 2008 to recognize the rights of nature in its Constitution. The document also includes among the state's primary duties the guarantee of citizens' rights, the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development.

IDLO's work in Ecuador has ranged from supporting the Constitutional Court to analyzing the legal framework in relation to climate change and empowering indigenous communities to access resources.

Ecuador: From Subsistence to Market

In order to ease the isolation experienced by some of Ecuador’s indigenous communities, IDLO has designed a legal model for accessing fair trade markets. The pilot phase of the initiative took place in two remote Quechua-speaking mountain settlements, Rumicorral and Ambrosio Lasso. Both communities had extremely low social indicators, with virtually no access to external markets for what was otherwise naturally organic and pesticide-free farming produce.

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