The Access Initiative



Environmental Democracy Index Score

Ecuador scored well on all three pillars of the Environmental Democracy Index. Ecuador’s constitution provides the public the right to access environmental information on request. The government must collect and proactively disseminate environmental information as well. In terms of public participation, Ecuador’s score was not as high as it could have been in part because there are no opportunities for participation at an early stage in the decision making process. Of the three pillars, Ecuador scored highest on the Justice pillar. The law establishes review procedures that apply to government decisions on information requests. There are mechanisms in place to ensure women can access courts to obtain redress. Ecuador has established several legal protections and could continue to support environmental democracy by addressing the areas for improvement .

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The TAI coalition in Ecuador seeks to promote new and better laws, policies and practices related to the rights of 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.

Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental (CEDA), collaborating with Fundación Esquel and Coalición Acceso, carried out the first TAI assessment of the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration in Ecuador during 2004 and 2005. In 2009, the TAI Ecuador coalition 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. In addition, the TAI Ecuador coalition has been very active in the Principle 10 process for Latin America and the Caribbean, participating in the negotiations and helping to create the zero draft of a binding regional agreement on Principle 10.