The conservation of the environment in Ecuador's constitution

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The 2008 Ecuadorian Constitution is often presented as building on the local traditions of indigenous peoples in order to propose a non-anthropocentric approach to the conservation of the environment, based on the concept of buen vivir. After providing a short introduction on anthropocentric and non-anthropo-centric approaches to the environment, with attention to indigenous worldviews, this article attempts to: analyse the concept of buen vivir, appearing to have unclear boundaries; understand whether or not it is a concept derived from indigenous worldviews; and explore the innovative non-anthropocentric feature of the recognition of rights to the environment. Finally, the article uses the idea of rights of the environment as a key to interpret the fuzzy concept of buen vivir in the most effective way to enhance the conservation of the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-381
Number of pages23
JournalMateriali per una storia della cultura giuridica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017


  • buen vivir
  • constitution
  • Ecuador
  • environmental rights
  • indigenous peoples

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