Ecuador

The Access Initiative - Ecuador seeks to promote new and better laws, policies and practices related to the rights of access to information, participation, and justice in environmental decision-making. These principles work to promote transparency, anti-corruption efforts, accountability, and confidence in the relationship between citizenry and government.

TAI - Ecuador more specifically seeks to improve the policies that affect the environment and human life, establishing common practices in the implementation of the access principles (information, participation and justice), by means of monitoring government efforts in capacity building.

To reach this purpose, the Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental - CEDA, collaborating with Fundación Esquel and Coalición Acceso, executed the first TAI assessment of the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration in Ecuador during 2004 and 2005.

The results of this assessment allowed us to develop clear, concrete, and effective proposals in order to promote the principles of access to environmental information in policy and national programs. We are sure that these processes will strengthen the Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information approved in Ecuador on 2004.

To strengthen environmental governance and the implementation of access rights we promoted several processes:

  • CEDA and Coalición Acceso organized several capacity building workshops about P10, emphasizing on the Transparency and Access to Information Law. (2004 at the present)
  • CEDA hosted the Forum “Challenges of implementation of the Access Principles in Ecuador. Analysis of experiences on access to information, participation and environmental justice in Latin America” (2006)
  • CEDA published a series of manuals on P10, one for each access right and a diffusion guides(2006)
  • Coalición Acceso and CEDA published an assessment of Institutional capacity on issues of access to environmental information (2006)
  • CEDA developed a communications strategy on P10. It was produced posters, brochures, web site, virtual library and a multimedia presentation. (2006-2007)
  • Coalición Acceso and CEDA executed a training program on the Transparency and Access to Information Law with the participation of 214 municipalities and 22 province governments (2007)
  • CEDA and Coalición Acceso produced in 2008 a report on access to environmental information, with the support of WRI / WB. You can download it in the following link.
  • Currently CEDA is working to contribute to improve governance and mechanisms for participation and social control of local communities through the empowerment of citizens to influence processes of change. Part of the work includes a pilot testing of the Citizens Toolkit, developed by the Thailand Environment Institute, in the Austro zone in the south of the country.

In 2009, we promoted a national dialogue between citizens, private sector, authorities and NGOs working in the environmental field, oriented to draft a proposal for a national environmental information strategy.

As part of this process we carried out a research on the status of national environmental information, its legislation and policies, as well as perceptions of managers and users about the access and use of information, and their needs at the time of access. The research systematization is available only in Spanish, download here.

From this analysis and workshops with the participation of stakeholders, we developed a proposal that includes strategic guidelines for a better management and access to environmental information. The Proposal document is available only in Spanish, download here.

In addition to using our “Resources” page, you can visit CEDA’s online library for more publications related to Governance and Access.