Month: March 2008

On a rooftop in Abancay..

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…..taking a picture while one is being taken:

Abancay is in the valley of eternal spring – Valle de la Eterna Primavera – en route from Nasca to Cusco. Soon after leaving Nasca the road ascends very steeply from about 600m above sea level to more than 4500m. Once up on the plateau this is what it looks like:

…and when approaching Abancay:

 

The struggle of the Achuar in Peru

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Dan Collyns for BBC News writes about the struggle of the Achuar in Peru that their “story is an emblematic case of resistance for indigenous Amazonians and is unprecedented in Peru“. The article provides a little bit of information, but it is not contexualised very well. There is a similar struggle fought by the Cofan in Ecuador which also only gets minimal time and attention in the mainstream media – and also generally only reported on in isolation. Between the territories of the Cofan and the Achuar lies the Yasuni National park, about which much has been written in this blog. While we keep compiling more comprehensive information and try to tie these obviously mutually relevant scenarios together, we seem to be waiting in vain for editors of the environmental sections of what is left of a critical voices in the corporately led world of media to bring stories that connect these struggles with the “leave the oil in the soil” proposal and the general discourse of climate change.

Climate Change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges

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These are the conclusions of a report on the “IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION MEASURES ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND ON THEIR TERRITORIES AND LANDS”, by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues’ Seventh session, New York, 21 April -2 May 2008 on the Special Theme: “Climate Change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges” with regard to the Implementation of the recommendations on the six mandated areas of the permanent Forum and on the Millennium Development Goals (Download the full E/C.19/2008/10 report here: unpfii-report-on-climate-change.pdf):

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Did U.S. Mercenaries Bomb the FARC Encampment in Ecuador?

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This is an article that is well worth a read – no further comments at this stage, it’s just a little bit of history repeating:

Did U.S. Mercenaries Bomb the FARC Encampment in Ecuador?

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Travelling in Peru: Lima, the first steps..

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Colonos are on the road, doing field work, research, networking with people and helping to organise a conference.

There is a widespread notion of Peru as a dangerous place to travel in – an aggressive people with nothing to lose (or whatever “thinking” might be at the heart of the matter) just waiting to rob and “rape all the women”, as I overheard one backpacker skyping home saying, perhaps to emphasise how brave they were, having travelled in super deluxe (“the most expensive to be safe”) air-con, luggage scanning and face videoing bus services. While Peru surely has places that not even the police would want to go to, it is far from the truth that Peru is a dangerous place any more so than, say, London or Berlin. There are regions that used to be rather dodgy, where bandits or freedom fighters, or a mixture of the two, and corrupt police would pose serious threats, but Peru is a well policed and disciplined country nowadays, for better and worse.

 

Peruvians are a warm, sexy and happy people, if one should venture a generalisation….

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International Congress of Ethnobiology: Cusco, June 2008

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11th International Congress of Ethnobiology
Cusco, Peru 25-30 June 2008


Livelihoods and Collective Biocultural Heritage

The 11th International Congress of Ethnobiology will be held in the context of the United Nation’s International Year of the Potato, a Peruvian native crop which epitomizes the close links between cultural and biological diversity in the Andes. The aim of this Congress is to stimulate awareness, discussion and debate on the state of knowledge and practice around biological and cultural diversity by providing a forum to share information and examples from a variety of regional and national settings.

 

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