In September 2015, the Ecuadorian Minister of Environment issued regulations that define crimes against the environment and nature and set punishments for them, in accordance with the penal code, providing a key legal instrument for both prosecutors as well as the public in bringing a stop to deforestation and illegal logging.
The newly issued regulations stem from the joint efforts of Corporación ECOLEX and the Ministry of Environment, with support from Fundación Avina, Avina Americas, stakeholders like Red Latinoamericana de Ministerio Público Ambiental (Latin American Network of Environment Ministers), and national experts in the field. The regulations respond to the need to provide public prosecutors with clarity on how to apply the new penal code, approved in August 2014, as well as on how to conduct investigations and apply punishments for crimes such as illegal logging.
Along with the use of satellite tools to monitor deforestation, the regulations represent fundamental progress in the defense of the rights of nature (which are recognized in the Ecuadorian constitution). They also contribute to curbing deforestation and reducing its social and environmental impacts in the Ecuadorian Amazon and other native ecosystems.
Principle Allies: Skoll Foundation, Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment, Corporación ECOLE, Red Latinoamericana de Ministerio Público Ambiental
Country Impacted: Ecuador