In Ecuador, licences for forest operations originate in the right of the owner to use, enjoy and dispose of the elements of his/her property, including forests; if the forest is privately owned, no consultation of other players is required before allocating it to operations with commercial ends. In cases where the forest belongs to the community, the communities themselves carry out internal consultations.
The Unified Text of Secondary Environmental Legislation stipulates the participation of the population affected by a work or project, on the relevant environmental variables of the environmental impact studies and environmental management plans. However, this does not equate to a consultation process prior to the granting of rights.
|Title||Unified Text of Secondary Environmental Legislation, Book VI, Art. 20|