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Introduction to Coastal Ecuador

  • Stuart E. Hamilton
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Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 33)

Abstract

This chapter delineates and describes each of the study sites in Ecuador. The chapter operates from north to south beginning with the estuary of Cayapas-Mataje estuary in the north and ending with the estuaries of El Oro province in the south. Detailed maps are presented for each study area that delineates the boundaries of the analysis and represents all the protected areas within each estuary. For each of the eight delineated estuaries, the following are described; the protected status, the climate, the environmental conditions, the prevailing socioeconomic conditions, the local livelihoods, and the estuarine biodiversity. Finally, the legal framework of both shrimp farms and mangrove forest are examined. In addition to the facts and figures of the study areas, this chapter attempts to represent the milieu of the local residents of each estuary with a focus on both Chone Estuary and Cayapas-Mataje Estuary.

Keywords

Ecuador Coastal Ecuador Estuaries Cayapas-Mataje Muisne Cojimies Chone Isla Puná Guayas El Oro 

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  • Stuart E. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and GeoscienceSalisbury UniversitySalisburyUSA

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