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Equator Initiative Case Study - Multinational Federation of Community Tourism in Ecuador (FEPTCE)

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The Multinational Federation of Community Tourism in Ecuador (Federacion Plurinacional de Turismo Comunitario del Ecuador - FEPTCE) brings together indigenous communities across Ecuador that offer tourism, guiding and lodging services. The initiative has especially targeted the country’s indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, peasant, and montubio (mestizo) communities, who are traditional stewards of Ecuador’s cultural and natural heritage, but who typically suffer from economic marginalization, high infant mortality rates, illiteracy, and out-migration from rural communities, among many other socioeconomic challenges.
With its roots in the late-1980s, the federation currently brings together 106 community-based initiatives (giving 33,689 direct beneficiaries, as estimated in 2009.) The reintroduction of traditional land management practices for improved agriculture has supplemented support for ecotourism initiatives. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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