International Development Law Organization



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.

IDLO, Ecuador Strengthen Legal Ties

In August 2014 IDLO and the Constitutional Cout of Ecuador signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a framework of cooperation for the achievement of common puroposes. Activities implemented under the MOU will contribute to strengthening constitutional justice in Ecuador and to improve the Court’s effectiveness and visibility nationally and regionally.

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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