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Protecting the environment

Germany and Ecuador continue their cooperation on environmental protection


A delegation from Ecuador visiting the BMZ. From left to right: Gabriela Rosero, Technical Secretariat for International Cooperation SETECI, Minister of Environment Lorena Tapia Núnez, State Secretary Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt (BMZ), Ambassador Jorge Jurado and Fernando Yépez, Undersecretary for North America and Europe

Press release of 11.09.2015 |

Berlin – Germany and Ecuador have resumed their development cooperation, which had been discontinued for six months, particularly with regard to joint projects in the field of environmental protection.

Minister Müller said, "With its unique rainforests, Ecuador is an important partner for Germany when it comes to international climate action. We will continue to support Ecuador in using its wealth of natural resources in such a way that future generations will still benefit from them. We are sharing our knowledge and experience on sustainable forest management with Ecuador."

The governments of the two countries want to build on the tradition of good and close cooperation between Germany and Ecuador and consolidate their relations in all areas, both bilaterally and multilaterally. Support is to be given to parliamentary activities such as the exchange of delegations and mutual visits of groups of members of parliament, as they constitute important instruments of cooperation.

German participants in the recent talks with Ecuador included representatives of the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. On the Ecuadorian side, there were representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Environment Ministry as well as the Agency for International Cooperation.

The two sides agreed to continue their projects for the protection of the environment and natural resources in the Amazon region. For example, Germany is supporting the Ecuadorian government in monitoring its forests and managing national conservation areas. Incentives are being created for local people to reforest and to use forests sustainably, for instance through cocoa cultivation.

The special Ecuadorian-German programme for the biosphere reserve and national park of Yasuní, which is geared towards conserving biodiversity and protecting the indigenous people living there, will be put on a broader regional basis in future.

For its size, Ecuador is the most biodiverse country on earth. The rainforests in the Amazon lowlands in particular are at risk from the country's most important industry – oil production – and from the high rate of deforestation. Yet the deforestation rate has been reduced considerably in the region over the past few decades.

Background

Last December, the Government of Ecuador had barred members of the Environment Committee of the German Parliament from entering the country and stopped its cooperation with Germany in the field of the environment.

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