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Climate Forests

Patrones y factores de deforestación en el Ecuador continental, 1990-2010

By Rodrigo Sierra
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This document analyzes the shifting historical trends in deforestation drivers and agents and provides a model projecting deforestation trends to 2020. The publication points to continuing changes in land-use patterns as Ecuador slowly moves towards a forest transition. Increasing urbanization, demographic shifts, consolidation of infrastructure and intensification agricultural production are contributing to a decline in overall deforestation though continuing and important risks to key forest ecosystems and areas remain. The paper provides valuable insight for the development of REDD+ strategies and reference scenarios as well as priorities for forest conservation in this megadiverse country.