• Scientific analysis of Ecuadorian socio-environmental policy

    Scientific analysis of Ecuadorian
    socio-environmental policy

    The OPSA-PUCE is an academic space that promotes the research of topics regarding the environment, as well as its multidisciplinary treatment based on the understanding, diffusion and development of rigorous quantitative and qualitative instruments that are versatile for public and private decision-makers seeking to improve the planning and the systemic management of the use of natural resources.

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    Blog

    The observatory periodically publishes essays written by renowned researchers of environmental and social issues for the OPSA-PUCE. It also publishes reports and interviews on relevant current topics.

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    Data

    The OPSA-PUCE offers a group of environmental indicators for various Ecuadorian cities. This data has been cleaned and prepared to be used with R software and includes information on air quality, water, biodiversity, geology, geography and other relevant climate and atmospheric conditions for environmental research.

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    Cartography

    The OPSA-PUCE offers a number of cartographic representations and infographics essential to the characterization, research and analysis of the territory and its interaction with society. This information has been organized and processed at the cantonal scale and in a GIS file format for its use as a technical element in planning and spatial management processes. The thematic cartography includes biophysical and socio-economic factors, as well as socio-environmental issues.

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From the director

The OPSA-PUCE is an academic initiative undertaken in response to Ecuador’s unique natural conditions and the challenges resulting from those advantages as regards designing policies and solutions aimed at achieving a sustainable balance between the environment and the country’s productive, social and financial needs.

As part of the university with most influence in the framing of public policies and private decision-making, the OPSA devises —and has developed since its inception— mechanisms for the mainstreaming in society of environment-themed debate and research. This approach is taken with the conviction that a departure is necessary —a divorce from the reductionism with which physics and economics problems are commonly addressed, as well as the isolation and methodological individualism typical of academia.

On the other hand, the observatory’s strategies, dialogue and research processes correspond to the epistemology of complexity, and totality, as well as an ethos of plurality and tolerance of various points of view, knowledge and considerations concerning the environment in a context that —in addition to its biological-ecosystematic diversity— is home to invaluable cultures and knowledge intrinsically linked to nature which nourish academia in ways that transcend the results of scientific research.

Furthermore, the OPSA’s motivation is strengthened by global policy aimed at investing in the mitigation of the impact of human activities —primarily those economic in nature— on the operation of the climate systems of the planet. In the last decades, these consequences have evinced the civilizatory threats to nature and humanity’s potential to endanger the generality of life.

In short, the OPSA-PUCE has become a meeting ground for ancestral and scientific knowledge and their diffusion, as well as research, data gathering and analysis in one of the most environmentally sensitive and diverse territories on Earth.

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JORGE SALGADO

DIRECTOR

EXTRACTIONISM AND THE ECONOMICAL AND POLITICAL BASIS OF THE CORREA ADMINISTRATION

EXTRACTIONISM AND THE ECONOMICAL AND POLITICAL BASIS OF THE CORREA ADMINISTRATION

Ecuador, much like many Latin-American countries, was characterized by having raw material-export-led economies subject to booms determined by international demand. Ecuador’s economic history has thus been circular as a result of it repeatedly relying on various raw materials.

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THE ENCYCLICAL LAUDATO SI´, THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND CARE FOR OUR “COMMON HOME”

THE ENCYCLICAL LAUDATO SI´, THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND CARE FOR OUR “COMMON HOME”

In this encyclical, Pope Francis, in addition to giving a historical account of the chief point of interest of various pontiffs concerning the environment since Pope Paul VI (over 50 years ago), clearly reminds us that planet Earth must be thought of and treated as “our common home… like a sister with whom we share our life”.

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THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

When considering the development of the local level, the existence of a number of exclusions, inequities and inequalities affecting both men and women on the grounds of ethnicity, gender or social standing must be acknowledged. This is a result of ethnicity, gender or social standing. Any development program undertaken in local territories must consider the existence thereof and fight them.

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POVERTY AND ENVIRONMENT

POVERTY AND ENVIRONMENT

According to the World Bank, nearly 1.3 billion people live in marginalized areas, i.e. in a state of ecologic vulnerability, which results in a condition of heavy reliance on natural resources

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THE RESISTANCE TO EXTRACTIONISM IN ECUADOR

THE RESISTANCE TO EXTRACTIONISM IN ECUADOR

Ecuador is a country where oil accounts for 17% of GDP and 55% of all exports, and which has entered a new extractionist era with the imminent launch of major mining projects.

From a historical perspective, in Ecuador, as in many countries of the región, the results of this extractionist model have been catastrophic —the expectations of growth, industrialization, modernization, and poverty and inequality reduction have not been met.

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PROPOSAL OF A CRUDE WATER TAX FOR ECUADOR: A STRATEGY FOR LONG-TERM ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

PROPOSAL OF A CRUDE WATER TAX FOR ECUADOR: A STRATEGY FOR LONG-TERM ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

The purpose of this essay is to collate the most significant components of a proposal for the implementation of a raw water fee1 in Ecuador, which is currently being developed by the Ministry of Water (SENAGUA for its acronym in Spanish), and is sponsored by the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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TRANSGENIC CROPS IN ECUADOR

TRANSGENIC CROPS IN ECUADOR

Ecuador is a megadiverse country. Its biological wealth is not limited solely to the diversity of wild species and ecosystems as at least two centers of origins of crops are located here: the Andean center and the Amazon center. This means that in what is now considered our country, peoples planted, domesticated, preserved and reproduced various types of crops and productive systems, many of which are still in existence today.

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"Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.“

RACHEL CARSON

 

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