Advancements for NES Ecuador

Friday, April 14, 2017

NES (National Engagement Strategy) in Ecuador is a "platform advocating for sustainable land and territorial rights, equal access to natural resources and development".  In recent months, it has achieved significant success supporting processes to draft land regulations and policies.

Credit is due largely to the successful coordination of the platform driving the Strategy – and composed by the organisations SIPAE (coordinator), FEPP and ECOLEX – with various public entities and civil society stakeholders related to land issues.

Some key points of the work being carried out:

Successful cooperation with COPISA and contribution to the Regulation of Land Law

Within the collaboration agreement signed with COPISA -Plurinational and Intercultural Conference on Food Sovereignty-, the NES platform drew up a document with recommendations to the Regulation of the Law of Land and Territories [1] gathered from various stakeholders in different workshops. It was agreed that the NES should develop a detailed analysis of the Regulation of the Land Law (available here), based on what is already stated by this Law and the Constitution. Representatives of COPISA and MAGAP [2], the institution responsible for drafting the Regulation, presented and debated the analysis, which has become a benchmark within COPISA. To this date it has been widely consulted nationally and internationally by thousands of people online.

After these crucial developments, NES will continue its advocacy work on future regulations and procedures related to the Land Law. It will also collaborate with COPISA in the creation of the Food Sovereignty and Nutrition National System.

Consolidation of work at the territorial level and promotion of the Network for Land and Territory

The work of the NES platform, at various national territories, has defined a clear agenda on land issues with local and regional actors. A seminar in Cayambe was developed to support activities with local institutions and civil society organisations, with relevant participation from peasant and indigenous organisations. Participants discussed strategies and legal and political mechanisms of communities and indigenous leaders to use, access and manage their lands and other natural resources. The seminar was a great success, benefitting from the participation of promoters of other NES platforms in LAC countries and allowing a rich exchange of experiences and work approaches.

The effort has led to the creation and promotion of the Network for Land and Territory in the northern mountain range of the country. It is a space for dialogue and articulation between social organisations and institutions to share strategies and issues around land and territories.

In the upcoming months, a training program with peasant organisations and workshops from local government officials will take place in Cayambe, Pedro Moncayo and Chota territories.

Intensive use of communication tools for promoting and monitoring regulation of land use

NES has various online tools to monitor conflicts over land and territories in Ecuador. The National Engagement Strategy, through its website and social networks, actively promotes its work -proposals, actions taken with decision-makers, etc. - and the information generated regarding the Land Law with the aim to foster informed analysis and debate.

As part of the monitoring process, the specialised publication -Monitoring Land and Territories Newsletter- was created and disseminated in digital and printed form for stakeholders.  The latest edition of the newsletter (available here) contains a special report on the strategies of organisations and their struggle for secured land and territory rights and discusses the results of the seminar held in Cayambé.

NES Effective coordination and cooperation of the NES platform with key stakeholders creating benchmarks for land issues

A Strategy promoted by different organisations, one of NES key achievements is the facilitation skills provided by SIPAE, which have enabled fruitful internal collaboration among organisations that resulted in effective communication with key stakeholders and decision-makers such as COPISA, MAGAP and among other grassroots organisations.

Nowadays, NES Ecuador is considered a benchmark regarding land rights in the country. It has a legitimate voice to participate and contribute to the debates currently taking place about the progress made to regulate the Land Law in Ecuador.

photo: Copisa

[1] El Reglamento General para la Aplicación de la Ley Orgánica de Tierras Rurales y Territorios Ancestrales (LOTRyTA) fue expedido el 16 de diciembre de 2016.

[2] El documento fue presentado ante conferencistas y funcionarios del  MAGAP - Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Acuacultura y Pesca (asesores del Ministro, representas de la Subsecretaría de Tierras, entre otros) el 6 de enero de 2017.