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Case Dismissed in Ecuador
Ecuador

Ecuador has one of the strongest constitutional provisions protecting the rights of nature. An environmental non-governmental organization and community members brought an action to prevent the establishment of a pine tree plantation in sensitive native grassland. The judge ruled that the claimants could not bring the lawsuit because they themselves had not been harmed, because the harm had not yet occurred, and because the evidence had not been presented as required in criminal cases.

Keywords:
Access to justice, constitutional law, Environmental Rule of Law, precautionary principle, Public participation