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The law and the different regulations are publicly available in Spanish. Prior to 2000, the regulations linked to the Law on Forests and Conservation of Natural Areas and Wildlife were concentrated into a merely extractive model; however, from 2000 onwards, the regulations were modified, introducing sustainability criteria. In addition, the Constitution of Ecuador (2008) set out new principles designed to improve well-being and rights of nature. From this, in July 2008 arose the need for an Environmental Code (referred to in the National Joint Plan for REDD+ Ecuador)(see http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/users/dhermida/PNC.pdf), which is in line with these principles and sets out a new environmental institution structure of the State. However, to date there has been no opening for the participation of civil society in drawing up this document. This framework also provides for the creation of an Environmental Directorate. It must be emphasised that, although the regulations are available, the beneficiaries of the forests are generally not aware of them.
Title a) Law of Forest and Conservation of Natural Areas and Wildlife (codified in 2004)
b) Unified Text of Secondary Environmental Legislation (2003)
c) Norms of the System of Forest Regulation (2004)
d) Regulations of Administrative Procedures for Autorizing the Timber Use and Logging (2010)
e) Regulations for the Use of Timber in Cultivated Forests and Timber in Agroforestry Systems (2004)
f) Regulations for Sustainable Forest Management for the Use of Rainforest Timber (2004)
g) Regulation for Sustainable Management of Andean Forests (2006)
h) Regulation for Sustainable Forestry Use of Dry Forest (2007)
i) Regulation of Procedure for Land Adjudication of Forest Heritage of the State, Forests and Protected Vegetation (2007)
j) Special Law for the Province of Galapagos (1998)
Organisation a.-j.) All Ministry of Environment
Date a) 10 September 2004
b) 31 March 2003
c) 2 August 2004
d) 5 April 2010
e) 18 August 2004
f) 16 August 2004
g) 18 October 2006
h) 28 August 2007
i) 11 February 2008
j) 18 March 1998
Source a) b) y c) http://www.ambiente.gov.ec/
• List of laws available under “normativa”
d) http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/users/mponce/acuerdos139.pdf
e) http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/archivos/normativaforestal/plantaciones.pdf
f) http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/archivos/normativaforestal/bhumedo.pdf
g) http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/archivos/normativaforestal/bosquesandinos.pdf
h) http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/archivos/normativaforestal/bosqueseco.pdf
i) http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/archivos/normativaforestal/adjudicacion.pdf
j) http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/proyectos/userfiles/51/file/turismo/ley%20galapagos.pdf
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