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Integrated management of natural resources in the Ecuador Highlands
The Andean region of Ecuador is characterized by extreme poverty caused by low agricultural productivity, related to degradation of natural resources. Food production in fragile areas degrades soil and water resources, contributes to deforestation and loss of biodiversity, and reduces productive potential over time. This article discusses an agricultural development project designed to reduce the long-term downward development spiral in a watershed in Bolivar, Ecuador. This article describes the project, the challenges it faced, and its successes. We show how implementation of enhanced management prac- tices contribute to reduced environmental vulnerability and improved welfare.