Audit of USAID/Ecuador’s Environment Program.
Fiscal Year: 2011
Conserving biodiversity is a longstanding U.S. foreign assistance priority in Ecuador, as it is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. Protected areas and indigenous territories, which cover one-third of Ecuador’s territory, are home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity—but also to some of the most impoverished communities in the country.
This fascinating diversity is under threat. Ecuador has one of the highest rates of deforestation in Latin America and releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide. Ecuador’s unique biodiversity is also being wasted by poor governance.
USAID/Ecuador planned to invest $5.1 million of FY 2010 funds in conserving biodiverse habitats in and around protected areas and indigenous territories. The mission aimed to increase the participation of Ecuadorians in management of their natural resources, improve governance in national parks or indigenous territories, and reduce poverty by generating economic benefits for local residents through environmentally friendly and sustainable agro-forestry practices, tourism, and fisheries.
This audit will determine whether USAID/Ecuador’s environment program is helping to conserve biodiverse habitats in and around protected areas and indigenous territories.
Source: Office of Inspector General - ANNUAL PLAN - FISCAL YEAR 2011
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