Ecuador’s Socio Bosque Programme has made strides in conserving forest and delivering vital economic benefits to communities and households, via its system of private conservation agreements.

The programme was not designed to attract funds from an emerging international finance system for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). However, the programme has achieved many of the intended outcomes of REDD+ programmes and has made a material contribution to Ecuador’s climate compatible development.
In this CDKN ‘Inside story on climate compatible development’, Jan Felse of Ithaca Environmental Consultants examines the motivations of the Socio Bosque programme, its structure, delivery and accomplishments, and what other countries can learn from Ecuador’s experience.

Key messages include:

- The Government of Ecuador’s Socio Bosque programme is a successful example of a voluntary incentive-based scheme with combined environmental and socioeconomic targets.

- It engages the poorest private and communal forest landholders and through conservation agreements offers them annual per-hectare payments in return for maintaining forest cover.

- Socio Bosque has the potential to improve the resilience and adaptive capacity of the rural poor to environmental stresses such as climate change.

- The programme contributes to the mitigation of climate change and as such is a valuable tool for the implementation of international and national REDD+ policies.
Because of its straightforward design, the Socio Bosque programme can be replicated in other countries.


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Publication Date
September 2012
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