2014 RON Conference Registration

Andes of Ecuador

The Global Alliance hosted the Global Rights of Nature Conference January 14-17, 2014 in beautiful Otavalo and Quito, Ecuador. The Alliance chose the Andean Highlands because Ecuador was the first country in the world to include Rights of Nature in its Constitution and is at a critical stage in its implementation.

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Conference ScheduleConference Objectives
Conference AgendaCosts and Payment
Registration RequestTravel Arrangements
AccommodationsTraveling in Ecuador

Arrangements were graciously coordinated by Quito based, multi-lingual travel agency Senderos Naturales. In addition to arrangements for the Conference, Senderos Naturales is available to coordinate personal travel plans to other parts of Ecuador or Latin America.

Conference Agenda Highlights

Advancing Rights of Nature Globally
    January 14 Welcome & introductions
Conference objectives and intended outcomes
Why is Rights of Nature important for today's society?
Where is Rights of Nature globally?
What does & could Rights of Nature look like?
    January 15How do we galvanize a broader social movement?
What does Rights of Nature mean for each sector?
How do pivotal issues get framed through Rights of Nature?
Key challenges and opportunities
What strengths do we build on?
How do we engage others?
    January 16 The Global Alliance - Moving forward
Transfer to Quito
Ethics Tribunal for Rights of Nature
    January 17 Tribunal Opening
Opening Statements - Prosecutor
Expert Reports
Case Presentations
Closing Plea
Tribunal Judges' Responses
Closing Remarks

Press Conference: 10:30am

Conference Schedule January 13-17, 2014

January 13 Arrive Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo
January 14 – 16 Advancing Rights of Nature Globally Conference – Hacienda Pinsaqui
January 16 Transfer to Hotel Quito, Quito mid-afternoon
January 17 Advancing Rights of Nature in Ecuador Conference – Hotel Quito, Quito
January 18 Check out

Conference Objectives

The overarching objective of the Global Rights of Nature 2014 Conference is to build and expand the global Rights of Nature movement through defining a formulated global strategy. The structure of the Conference is highly interactive in order to engage the collective wisdom of those who have been implementing Rights of Nature and related legal and social structures. Our intention is to examine lessons learned through this past decade, develop the necessary framework for furthering earth rights globally, and seed and develop relationships among leaders of movement. This will be an unprecedented gathering of global leaders and multi-disciplined thinkers. Within that context the Conference intends to:

1. Examine the experience of communities in the US and the countries of Ecuador and Bolivia who have implemented Rights of Nature, perform a critical analysis to identify the fundamental principles of a governance system based on the Rights of Nature, and define a framework for action to expand the global implementation and integration of Rights of Nature.

Implementation of Rights of Nature moves a community into largely unchartered territories. Ecuador, Bolivia and dozens of communities in the US now provide the opportunity to examine working models of Rights of Nature implemented in society with respect to what is working, what is needed, and unique cultural and jurisprudence considerations as new areas emerge around the world.

2. Build interfaces with Rights of Nature among other social movements

Examine how Rights of Nature intersects with other social movements and global issues. Develop a broader understanding of how Rights of Nature relates to human rights, indigenous rights, energy (especially hydrofracking) and mineral extraction, water, food, seeds and sustainable agriculture, economics, climate change, and other social justice movements.

3. Define a broadened strategic plan for the Global Alliance for the next stage of action.

At this critical stage, in collaboration with members and strategic allies, reexamine and redefine priorities, strategies, and operational structures needed to broaden meaningful engagement, accelerate expansion and assure continued success of the Alliance moving forward. Working Groups are the key vehicles through which effective legislative assistance, international advocacy, global outreach, multi-cultural communications and collaboration are advanced. The intention is to drill down and realign on a strategic plan and framework of action for the Alliance and its Working Groups.

4. Seed and develop peer-to-peer relationships and engage allies more fully

Seed and develop peer-to-peer relationships across continents and within regions to make it easier for emerging communities and countries to identify intellectual and operational knowledge bases and for the members of the Alliance to respond in a cohesive way.

5. Advance and leverage Rights of Nature in Ecuador through examining the lessons emerging from Ecuador’s implementation.

As the first country to include Rights of Nature in its Constitution, Ecuador is setting the course for future countries to follow. Redesigning existing legal structures to effectively integrate Rights of Nature precepts presents unprecedented challenges for legal entities as well as Civil Society. The intent is to review cases among specific communities in Ecuador to assess the level of effective Rights of Nature integration and implementation. Through the analysis, determine what communities and government need in order to strengthen the ongoing integration in Ecuador and define a framework of action to provide meaningful, productive support.

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Costs and Payment

$625/person double occupancy accommodations 5 nights January 13-17 includes meals January 14-16 at Hacienda Pinsaqui and breakfast and lunch at Hotel Quito January 17. Checkout is for Saturday January 18.

A limited number of single person accommodations are available with a $375 supplement. (committed)

Transfer to Pinsaqui from Quito’s new Mariscal Sucre airport will be provided for groups arriving at similar times on January 13. Transportation separate from group transport is at individual expense.

Not included: Alcohol and personal purchases

Because of confirmation deadlines by the hotels, payment in full is due now. To process your payment please go to our Donations page and process a Donation of the appropriate amount. Please include 2014 Rights of Nature Conference in the Comments box.

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Registration Inquiries

Registration is by invitation. For more information regarding invitations and/or the conference please send a message to

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Travel Arrangements

Arrangements are being graciously coordinated by Quito based, multi-lingual travel agency Senderos Naturales. A very special THANK YOU to Andrea and Macarena at Senderos Naturales for their conscientious support in arranging travel and accommodations for us. If you are traveling to Ecuador, Senderos Naturales is available to coordinate personal travel plans to other parts of Ecuador or Latin America.

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Hosteria Hacienda Pinsaqui, Otavalo, Ecuador

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One and a half hours north of Quito, Hacienda Pinsaqui is ideally located at the flanks of the Imbabura Volcano and in the heart of Ecuador lake province. It is just a stone’s throw away from the world famous Otavalo handicraft market, Cotocachi leather town, and the small town San Antonio renowned for their wood handicrafts. Hacienda Pinsaqui with it’s three centuries of history is an experience in itself and is by far the right hotel choice in Otavalo.

Hotel Quito, Quito, Ecuador

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The Hotel Quito enjoys an exclusive location in the north of the city. It is close to major business and financial areas of Quito, making it perfect for business or pleasure. Its incomparable view of the city or into the valleys that surround it, creates a unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the city. It is approximately 1h 30 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from downtown, the Historic Center and 5 minutes from the Nightlife Zone.

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Traveling In Ecuador

Ecuador Currency – $US

The US dollar became the legal currency in Ecuador in March 2000.

Visa Requirements for Travel to Ecuador

Ecuador welcomes people from all over the world who wish to visit for a short period of time or to establish permanent residency. If you come to Ecuador as a tourist or on a business trip, you do not need a visa for a stay up to 90 days on a 12 month-period (chronological year), unless you are a citizen (passport holder) from one of a dozen or so countries. Please confirm with the Consulates of Ecuador whether a Tourist Visa is required for citizens of your country to travel to Ecuador.

Weather in the Andes of Ecuador

The Ecuadorian cities of Quito at 9,350 feet (2,800 meters above sea level) and Otavalo at 8,441 feet (2,573 metres) lie along the Andes Mountains. Winter in the Andes lasts from June through September, featuring cool dry conditions. Winter temperatures hover around 50 degrees Fahrenheit/ 10 degrees Celcius on average. Summer runs from December to March, bringing on slightly warmer temperatures. Summer coincides with the Andean rainy season, so travelers can expect occasional showers.

Weather in the other regions of Ecuador

For those traveling to other areas, the Amazon Region is usually hot and humid. The average temperature here is 80F/26°C. The Coast has an average temperature of 77°F/25°C and the period from December to May (winter) is hot and humid.The Galapagos Islands have dry and warm pleasant weather. The average yearly temperature is 82°F/ 28°C.

Health Information

All travels should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. The United States Center for Disease Control website maintains current Health Information for Travelers to Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands For the Conference, we will be in the Andes and not the more tropical coast or rainforest. As with any international travel, we encourage you to review health considerations for any area you may plan to visit.

Travel Insurance

Recognizing that many domestic health plans have limited coverage internationally, we highly recommend participants carry international travel including medical insurance. Offerings vary by country and are readily available via the internet.

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Questions or Additional Information

If you have questions or need additional information please click Registration Request to send a message to Robin via the form above.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in Ecuador!