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Various maps of the National System of Protected Areas are available on the Ministry of Environment’s (MAE) website. Some MAE publications (forest information bulletins) (see http://servicios.ambiente.gob.ec/saf/estadisticas/estadisticas.php) also present a list of land allocations and maps of forest reserves. Not all of the maps are geo-referenced, and not all the monthly reports are available. Some municipalities also have a land register which is an approximation to land tenure issues, but the land registers are not very precise.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAGAP) has the SIGTIERRAS (see http://www.sigtierras.gob.ec/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36&Itemid=50) programme, a National System of Information on Rural Lands and Technological Infrastructure which aims to establish a system of rural land management at the national level to secure property rights and provide basic information for planning and land development.

Important progress has been made by the MAE, through the generation of the base line for deforestation, which has allowed the creation of maps of forest coverage in the country for the periods 1990, 2000 and 2008. Comparisons made between these maps have made it possible to determine the types of conversion which have taken place, the rate of deforestation country-wide, and the identification of critical areas of deforestation in the country. It is noteworthy that the baseline of deforestation is not yet complete, because some data is missing from the territory for which there is no coverage of satellite imagery (http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/sites/default/files/users/mponce/TasasDeforestacionEcuador.Ver_.03.05.11.pdf).

Title 1. Maps of the Patrimony of Natural Areas of the State
2. Forest Information Bulletin Octubre-Noviembre 2010
Organisation Ministry of Environment
Date 1. March 2011
2. October-November 2010
Source 1. http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/?q=node/189
2. http://servicios.ambiente.gob.ec/saf/estadisticas/Informativo_oct_nov_2010.pdf
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