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Conservation International in Ecuador (CI Ecuador) focused on mainstreaming information about mangrove ecosystem services into national policy frameworks and developing useful concepts, language and tools for policymakers to take actions on sustainable mangrove conservation and restoration.

All resources and guidance documents from Ecuador can be found on the resources page.

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The Gulf of Guayaquil provides many ecosystem benefits and services including coastal protection, scenic beauty, blue carbon and food security. The project focused on informing key decision makers about both the biophysical information of the ecosystem services of mangroves and the economic value of those services. 

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Conservation International worked with local universities to conduct surveys and measure efficacy of mangrove conservation agreements, surveying six locations and 435 people including fisherman and their families.


Ecuador produced the National Biodiversity Policy and Strategy which addresses a range of themes in terms of process (participatory and decentralized governance) and substance (different ecosystems and species), as well as strategy of biodiversity as a quality of life measure. 

Biodiversity of the Ecuador site

Biodiversity of the Ecuador site

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Blue Forests Ecosystems

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The fisheries provide livelihoods and are managed through a partnership with fishing association concessions and th