|Project Details||Note that the size of the project (0.5 hectares) refers to the area of land damaged by flooding as referenced in the official court sentence (6), as the exact area of the road construction project has not been found.|
The level of investment refers to the amount of money that Richard Wheeler and Eleanor Huddle had invested in restoring and protecting their land after the flooding in 2010, as of 2011.
The affected population refers to Wheeler and Huddle (2) plus an estimate of the total rural population (those that would be more affected by both a rural road construction and river flooding) in the cantón of Loja, province of Loja, where the road construction and flooding took place (based on 2001 census) (10).
2008: Ecuador becomes the first country in the world to recognize Rights of Nature (Pachamama) in their new constitution
2008: Wheeler and Huddle first notice that construction on the Vilcabamba-Quinara road is pushing rocks and materials into the Vilcabamba River
2010: The Vilcabamba River floods, causing significant damage to the Wheeler-Huddle property and downstream properties
2010: Interim Judge of the Third Civil Court of Loja dismisses Wheeler and Huddles case calling for application of Rights of Nature to the Vilcabamba River for lack of legal standing.
2011: After an appeal to the Provincial Court of Justice of Loja, the provincial court rules in the plaintiffs favour
|Project Area (in hectares)||0.5|
|Level of Investment (in USD)||43,000|
|Type of Population||Rural|
|Potential Affected Population||2-56,545|
|Relevant government actors||Provincial Government of Loja|
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (https://therightsofnature.org/)|
Fundación Pachamama (dissolved)
Ecuadorian Coordinator for the Defense of Nature and the Environment (CEDENMA ) (https://www.facebook.com/cedenma/)
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)