The problems associated with land tenure in Ecuador are long-standing and have been characterized by the relationship between access, use and ownership of land, and by the problems of peasant and indigenous families and communities. These problems are also characterized by the direct and visible relationship with sectors that own large amounts of land, have access to the country’s political and economic power, and define what is necessary for the countryside, its problems, its agendas and its development policies. This relationship has influenced legislative agenda of recent years, leading to the design of a new land law that reflects the proposals of power groups in government and the current state discourse.

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Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

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    • Very Good Practice
    • Good Practice
    • Weak Practice
    • Very Weak Practice
    • Missing Value

    Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

    Legend: National laws adoption of the VGGT principle
    • Fully adopt
    • Partially adopt
    • Not adopted
    • Missing Value

    Note: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (The VGGTs) were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2012.

    The "VGGT indicators" dataset has been created by Nicholas K. Tagliarino, PhD Candidate at the University of Groningen, with support from Daniel Babare and Myat Noe (LLB Students, University of Groningen). The indicators assess national laws in 50 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America against international standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement as established by Section 16 of the VGGTs.

    Each indicator relates to a principle established in section 16 of the VGGTs. Hold the mouse against the small "i" button above for a more detailed explanation of the indicator.

    Answering the questions posed by these indicators entails analyzing a broad range of national-level laws, including national constitutions, land acquisition acts, land acts, community land acts, agricultural land acts, land use regulations, and some court decisions.


    Latest News

    27 March 2017


    After three years of working with local governments and indigenous communities, the Provincial Council of Pastaza established the Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development in the center of the Ecuadorian Amazon region. The area covers more than 2.5 million hectares (about 6.2 million acres) and occupies about 90 percent of the area of ​​the province of the same name.

    15 January 2017

    Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken to the courts, through the development of innovative legal ways of protecting nature. In Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand, indigenous activism has helped spur the creation of a novel legal phenomenon -- the idea that nature itself can have rights.

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    Photo CC Steve McCurry

    I wouldn’t say Chinese investors are not trying to take social responsibility seriously, but they must understand that the meaning of responsible investment is much more than a few corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.

    Latest Events


    23 January 2017 to 24 February 2017
    Raquel Ludermir Bernardino
    Maria Luisa Alvarado

    In Latin American and the Caribbean region (LAC), millions of families lack access to land for shelter or live in insecure tenure under a constant threat of being evicted from their homes. Land conflicts and forced evictions are increasingly reported and a key issue in the advocacy agenda of civil society and grassroots organizations.

    23 October 2016 to 25 November 2016
    Alejandro Diez
    Sergio Coronado
    Juan Pablo Chumacero

    Generally, most rural land in the world has been in the hands of local peasant communities and indigenous peoples under customary land tenure systems; historically although, land ownership in rural areas, and natural resources contained in it, have been a source of tension between different actors with different ways to understand and take ownership. In this conflict of interest, usually rural and indigenous communities with collective forms of property, have lost out.



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    Journal Articles & Books
    December 2014

    Desde distintas disciplinas, este grupo de mujeres se encuentra para discutir y trabajar temas de diferente índole: la soberanía alimentaria, el extractivismo, metodologías feministas, experiencias de desarrollo endógeno, la pertinencia del “sumak kawsay”. Así, los principales temas que han permeado las discusiones en sus debates durante este tiempo han girado en torno a las metodologías de trabajo de campo y la investigación acción participativa.

    Reports & Research
    December 2016

    La realización de este estudio ha posibilitado al CLADEM Ecuador verificar el estado de cumplimiento de las obligaciones del Estado ecuatoriano para la vigencia del derecho de las mujeres a la vivienda adecuada y formular conclusiones y recomendaciones para el diseño de una política pública integral sobre el derecho de acceso a la vivienda con una perspectiva de género.

    December 2013

    En Ecuador, el Programa Mundial de Alimentos y los gobiernos locales compran los alimentos producidos por mujeres agricultoras con dos propósitos: apoyar la producción local para empoderar a las pequeñas agricultoras y diversificar las dietas, con alimentos sanos y nutritivos. Con esta modalidad, el PMA provee asistencia alimentaria a refugiados colombianos y población ecuatoriana vulnerable de las comunidades de acogida, complementa la alimentación en escuelas de frontera y apoya a familias de escasos recursos que tienen niños pequeños.

    Reports & Research
    December 2014

    La aprobación de la Ley de Aguas por parte de la Asamblea Nacional no disminuyó los ánimos de los dirigentes de la marcha indígena que rechazan esta normativa y otros puntos de la vida nacional, al considerar que no se han tomado en cuenta sus criterios planteados en la consulta prelegislativa. Hoy cumplen el séptimo día de marcha.

    Reports & Research
    December 2015

    El pasado 22 y 23 de abril, indígenas del pueblo Shuar, Pacto e Intag de Ecuador y mujeres afectadas por operaciones mineras en Bolivia articuladas en la Red Nacional de Mujeres en Defensa de la Madre Tierra realizaron un intercambio de experiencias y visitaron operaciones mineras tanto a cielo abierto como en socavones, en el departamento de Oruro, Bolivia.