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A timber truck fully loaded with logs drives over a very simple wooden bridge in a forest.
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A timber truck fully loaded with logs drives over a very simple wooden bridge in a forest.
Institute of

WF Forestry


Policy Network Ecuador

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Policy Network Ecuador

Against a background of evolving reforestation and nature conservation policies, the project conceptualizes the framework and structures of forest governance in Ecuador. Key stakeholders in the use, management and conservation of forest genetic resources are identified at national level. They are interviewed and invited to participate in a survey to perform a social network analysis.
Interests, values and technical beliefs are related to policies of integration and segregation of forest areas in terms of production and conservation of forest genetic resources in Ecuador. This project presents the network structures of forest governance, their attributes and their power metrics as an important socio-political aspect in the sustainable management of forest genetic resources.
This quantitative and qualitative study supports further development of governance arrangements for forest conservation and reforestation in Ecuador. Furthermore, it stimulates the application of the analytical methodologies in additional countries.

Background and Objective

The forest transition hypothesis shows forest areas in developing countries decrease as their economic development increases. Ecuador is in the middle of the trend, with the highest population density and the highest reported deforestation rate in South America. As biodiversity hotspot, Ecuador receives international attention due to the importance of conservation of its forest areas. The Ecuadorian government started an ambitious reforestation campaign since 2006. Their forest policy changed from an integrated into a segregated framework for production and conservation areas in less than 6 years. The aim of the project is to analyse the power structures of the forest governance networks at national level, to understand the stakeholders interests and support the further development of forest policy for good governance and reforestation efforts in the country.

Involved external Thünen-Partners

  • Technische Universität München
    (München, Weihenstephan, Freising, Deutschland)


2.2022 - 12.2022

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