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The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Ecuador since 1962. Currently 67 national and 10 international employees, five integrated specialists and five development workers are working in the country (as of 31.12.2018).

Ecuador is among the countries with the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. The large number of highly diverse ecosystems is one of the most important bases for economic and sociocultural development in the country. Economic sectors such as agriculture and tourism rely on these factors. Due to climate change and the environmental pollution caused by human activity, the ecosystems are under threat. Consequently, the basis for human livelihood and the economy is also endangered. In particular, the poorer sections of society suffer as a result.

Rapid urban growth is taking place in Ecuador. This is having a particular impact on medium-sized cities. However, to date there has been a lack of sustainable urban planning strategies to manage immigration from surrounding areas. The consequences are a high level of social inequality within cities, high resource consumption and CO2 output, and the rapid expansion of cities. The latter results in a reduction in agricultural land area and has a negative impact on the environment.

GIZ works in Ecuador on behalf of the German Federal Government. The priority areas of Ecuadorian-German cooperation are:

  • Protecting the environment and natural resources
  • Reforming public administration and the private sector

GIZ, in cooperation with the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and provincial and district administrations, promotes the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. The aim is to stabilise ecosystems and make people more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

A further focus of Ecuadorian-German cooperation is sustainable urban development. For example, in this field GIZ is advising six cities (Cuenca, Portoviejo, Loja, Lago Agrio, Ambato and Latacunga) in a pilot project on topics such as urban mobility and sustainable energy, security, adaptation to climate change and the improvement of residential areas.

In addition, GIZ’s Innovation Fund finances projects on vocational training, employment and local economic development. 

GIZ also provides support for experts returning to Ecuador from abroad to help them reintegrate into professional life.

Germany and Costa Rica provide support to Ecuador in the field of marine and coastal zone management in the framework of triangular cooperation. 

Most of the programmes are being implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the European Union are further commissioning parties. 

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