Our operations in Ecuador have helped mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, implement environmental sustainability and improve access to healthcare and education for locals.
In Ecuador, we have focused on:
Our support has enabled construction of sewer networks, wastewater treatment and stormwater systems in Ecuador’s coastal areas, thus reducing the plastic discharge in the Pacific Ocean and aligning with the Clean Oceans Initiative. This modernisation of water supply and sewerage systems has led to substantial energy savings, water loss reduction in networks and an improvement in wastewater treatment operations. This investment has also enhanced Ecuador’s pandemic resilience by
- ensuring steady access to clean drinking water to all Ecuadoreans, especially the vulnerable and low-income groups.
- reducing methane emissions generated by wastewater treatment plants.
- connecting households to water and sanitation services.
We have supported the funding of Quito's inaugural metro line. The project has enhanced safe and efficient transportation for daily commuters and stimulated the city’s trade, tourism and overall economic vibrancy. Moreover, the new line has alleviated traffic congestion within Ecuador's capital and its surrounding areas, boosting public transport efficiency, curbing fuel usage and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
We have supported Ecuador’s childhood vaccination campaign by funding vaccine purchases and bolstering cold chain and logistics for vaccine distribution to remote areas. Our support enhances Ecuador’s pandemic readiness, the long-term resilience of its healthcare system and the delivery of essential public health services. Additionally, it empowers gender equality by promoting equal vaccine access, particularly for girls and women.
We have helped to establish and equip technical institutes to strengthen Ecuador's dual professional training system, aligning with its labour market needs. This has driven human capital development, boosting employability and economic prospects for young people, thereby contributing to Ecuador’s economic and social growth.
At a glance
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EIB activity in Ecuador by sector
EIB stories in Ecuador
Join Enrico Possenti on his journey to Ecuador's Manabi Province, where he visits one of the largest water sanitation projects in the country, supported by the EIB and other partners. As Enrico ventures through the region, he introduces us to a dedicated engineer working on implementing this project and shares heartfelt stories from the local community, whose lives are being transformed. This ambitious initiative aims to cover the water needs of 90 000 people, corresponding to 82% of the population living in the remote areas of Portoviejo's municipality. Moreover, the project is helping empower women in rural areas who are leading local water and sanitation councils. So grab your hat, apply some anti-mosquito lotion, and embark on this inspiring journey!
FELICITY in one word - partners from our supported cities, government focal points, national development banks, GIZ projects and our joint EIB-GIZ team explain in one word what FELICITY means to them.
The European Investment Bank is investing USD 60 million to modernise the water supply infrastructure and wastewater treatment facilities in Ecuador. The project, which is backed by the European Union, will improve access to water for communities across the Portoviejo Canton in Ecuador, particularly in rural areas. Read more in the press release.
This video presents the second round of city announcements benefitting from the City Climate Finance Gap Fund. The World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB) in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), are implementing the City Climate Finance Gap Fund, a new partnership supporting green, inclusive, resilient, creative and competitive cities in developing countries. Through donor-supported technical assistance, with a target of at least 100 million in funding, the Gap Fund aims to unlock an estimated 4 billion to help cities transform climate ambition into finance-ready projects.
The EIB is serious about tackling climate change: not just in Europe but also worldwide. Recently the EU bank pledged to step up what it spends on climate action in developing countries to 35% by 2020. But it isn’t just about lending more money for big infrastructure projects. Increasingly, the EIB is working on ways to finance climate action projects with a clear positive impact for local people. EIB's Chris Knowles has been to Ecuador to check on two projects where the EIB is working, as a core investor, with an equity based fund called Eco Enterprises. He found that Runa and Terrafertil can help show us the way.
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