Pastaza, Ecuador: Low-emission rural development (LED-R) at a glance

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  • Largest province in Ecuador by area, with country’s highest biodiversity
  • Contains 35% of Yasuní National Park (YNP), occupied by Waorani indigenous group – site of ongoing conflict over oil extraction
  • 78% forest cover (of which 67% is primary forest); highest in Ecuador
  • 7 constitutionally-recognized indigenous nationalities occupy 80% of provincial area (~2 million ha), as legally endorsed in the provincial Territorial Development & Zoning Plan (PDOT), & have exclusive land use rights
  • Significant petroleum production since 1970s has contributed to land use changes, migration & settlement activities by the Provincial Decentralized Autonomous Government (GAD)
  • SocioBosque Program provides income for local communities (LC) in 30% of Pastaza


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