Biodiversity Ecuador

Ecuador’s Minister Announces Biodiversity Strategy

Ecuador’s Minister Announces Biodiversity Strategy

Quito, D.M., April 15, 2024

Minister of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition (MAATE) Sade Fritschi announced the start of the rapid review and midterm update process of the National Biodiversity Strategy and its Action Plan to align it with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (MMB K-M). The announcement event took place in Quito on April 15, 2024.

 

 

 

Currently, the National Biodiversity Strategy has four strategic objectives aligned with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Strategic Plan:

 

  • Incorporate biodiversity, goods, and associated ecosystem services into the management of public policies.
  • Reduce pressures and inappropriate use of biodiversity to levels that ensure its conservation.
  • Distribute benefits of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services fairly, considering gender and interculturality.
  • Strengthen national knowledge and capacity management to promote innovation in the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 

During her intervention, Minister Fritschi emphasized: “In our administration, participation and transparency in this review and update process are crucial. Hence, the importance of involving all sectors: public, private, NGOs, Decentralized Autonomous Governments, academia, indigenous peoples, local communities, women, and youth.”

 

 

 

 

Matilde Mordt, representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ecuador, stated: “We encourage all actors to join efforts towards achieving this global goal and work collaboratively to address the challenges of natural resource loss. I invite you to embark on this journey towards the responsible and ethical use of our resources, ensuring that our actions generate positive change towards true sustainable development.”

 

 

Minister @SadeFritschiEc, together with Matilde Mordt, representative of @PNUDEcuador, presented the start of the midterm review and update of the National Biodiversity Strategy, led by @Ambiente_Ec. Image Credit: Ministerio de Ambiente, Ecuador.

 

 

This process, led by MAATE and UNDP, is supported by the “Support to Early Action of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF-EAS)” project and financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Support is also provided by: German Cooperation (GIZ); Conservation International (CI); World Wildlife Fund (WWF); the 30×30 Coalition; Rewild; Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS); The Nature Conservancy (TNC); and Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDENSAN).

The update process will be participatory, with five regional workshops and one national-scale workshop. Additionally, the strategy includes technical meetings and various sectoral dialogues, especially with local communities and indigenous peoples.

This State portfolio reaffirms its commitment to protecting its biodiversity, which places it as one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, reports the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition.

 


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