Background for the national strategy
Ecuador has certain unique economic, environmental and social characteristics that define Avina’s work in the country. It is the most biodiverse country in the world and has the highest concentration of rivers per square kilometer in the planet. It is the third fastest growing economy in Latin America and home to 15 indigenous nations, each with a rich tradition and its own worldview, in addition to a diverse population that includes mestizos, Montubios, Afro-Ecuadorians, and white Ecuadorians. Ecuador is also the first country in the world to recognize that nature is a subject of rights, a recognition that contrasts with the fact that its economy is dependent on the extraction of non-renewable natural resources.
Avina’s strategy in Ecuador builds on the awareness of this unique confluence of socio-cultural, environmental, and economic factors and the challenges they pose to achieving sustainable and inclusive development in the country and the region. In Ecuador, Avina fosters
With the aim of contributing to building a new economy based on recognition of the limits of nature and the struggle to reduce inequality in the use of resources, Avina works with key stakeholders in the public sector, business and civil society on the following issues:
- Managing and generating knowledge and developing proposals for change;
- Institutionalizing processes and their sustainability in the public and private sectors;
- Promoting technological and social innovation to speed up change;
- Empowering stakeholders so they can improve their working conditions and quality of life;
- Furthering citizen participation and shared responsibility in the construction of public goods across the country.
Our plan of action is geared toward strengthening Ecuadorian society through shared responsibility, the production of public goods, citizen involvement and transparency. We seek to promote social, ethnic and gender equality and to contribute to the country’s economic development, and in this way help to implement the National Plan for Good Living.
Opportunities for advancing elements of Avina's continental strategy in Argentina include initiatives to support recycling, improving public access to water, mitigating climate change, preserving the Amazonian biome and promoting inclusive markets.
Please click the links to the right to see the initiatives for the current country.
Work done by Avina and its allies to ensure the sustainability of the Amazonian biome ecosystem and to protect the quality of life for local populations has resulted in the conservation of 80% of the delicate ecosystem.
For years, Avina has worked in this initiative in different Latin American countries, enabling Uruguayan recyclers to learn best practices in the region and, in turn, to disseminate information on the work carried out in the country. Avina has collaborated with and facilitated the establishment of some cooperatives.
Avina’s commitments and engagements in Nicaragua demonstrate that the mobilization and coordination among different sectors of society can transform the management of Latin American cities, as well as encourage public administration guided by indicators and specific goals to improve the quality of life for all citizens.
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Access to Water
Through initial investments, Avina has identified community solutions that are producing tangible, sustainable and scalable results to increase access to water.
South American Chaco
Over the past decade, Avina has supported the formation of international networks in the South American Chaco and collaborated with these new partners to advance the cause of sustainable development and environmental protection. Avina and its allies have identified and supported productive solutions that are not only sustainable, but that also demonstrate the viability of preserving the environment while producing economic value in the region.
To ensure migrations are a source of prosperity and integration for Latin America, link the collaborative work between different sectors of society at the local and global levels, and channel efforts towards a regulatory, institutional and ethical framework of dignified, formal, democratic and sustainable human mobility.
Supporting the Struggle Against Climate Change
In 2007, María Elena Ordóñez, head of Avina’s ally, Fundación ARCANDINA, encouraged three important institutions to support the Child Education, Communication and Participation Plan and an educational campaign called “Sowing the Future” (Sembremos Futuro), which seeks to educate thousands of children from all over Ecuador on climate change, citizenship and environmental issues.
The campaign included the drafting of a “Letter for Life,” signed by more than 250,000 people, endorsing their personal and institutional commitment to protect the environment. As part of this campaign, a flag bearing people’s handprints made its way on a trek cross Ecuador, with educational workshops in all of the country’s larger
With support from Avina, the Nature Foundation (Fundación Natura), the Children and Family National Institute (INNFA) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines, it was possible to broaden the coverage and impact of the campaign.
ARCANDINA continues using this educational, recreational and creative model in its campaigns, programs and television spots, which has been replicated in other countries such as Venezuela and the United States. At present, similar arrangements are being explored with TV Globo in Brazil.