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International Seminar on Ecology and Resource Management in High Mountain Areas
The colonial era and the colonial-dependency economic model had a massive impact on traditional life in Andean societies, pushing them to the verge of collapse. Nevertheless, as in some other areas where there was a colonial presence, they managed to defend themselves and survive. Andean history is a history of conflicts between dominators and dominated, in which the main weapon of the latter was their culture. It is thanks the resistance thus offered that we have a major "reservoire" of technologies, knowledge, practices and ideas that are still very much alive.
There is, fortunately, an increasing awareness that a large proportion of the technologies which have been imported is of no use, because many of them turn out to be inefficient and even counterproductive for agriculture practiced in arid conditions, on mountain slopes and at high altitudes.
If the high mountain areas do not receive the attention and support they deserve, they will continue to be subjected to development models which will condemn them to desertification and deterioration of their resources.
The development of the high mountain areas will have to be pased on the knowledge and skills hat its societies have preserved and continue to keep alive. This knowedge provides the basic framework or any kind of future project. To enable it to be expanded and to restore its coherence, the Andean Ecosystems Pilot Project (PPEA)* is to hold a seminar on "Ecology and Resource Management in High Mountain Areas", with the following objectives:
• to present and exchange experience in resource management by and with the inhabitants of high mountain areas;
• to identify factors which have to be taken into account for management and autonomous development of high mountains areas;
• to propose guidelines and methodologies useful for the development of the high mountain areas, with special consideration of the specific nature of the PPEA and the general nature of the Andes.
The seminar will take place at the Hostal Lagua Seca in Baños del Inca/Cajamarca,from 20 to 27 August 1 988.
Three basic approaches
The agenda of the seminar itself is based on a schedule covering six working days (21-26 August) with a one-day excursion into the country. The methodology has been based on central themes around which the participants will develop their findings collectively.
a) Commentaries on and conclusions to be drawn from the seminar-workshop "Rural development and urban utilization of mountain resources in Peru" (Achoma, 1-9 April 1987).
b) Conclusions from the preparatory study on resource management in Chetilla- a neighbouring area and compared with the project area apparently a region without major deterioration of its natural resources.
c) Experience gained in the Andean Ecosystems Pilot Project in Cajamarca, Peru.
The participants - maximum number 60 - will include in particular scientists (ecologists), representatives of rural development agencies, officers of public and private institutions, representatives of farmers' organizations, international technical cooperation agencies and various embassies.
Participants coming from abroad are advised to arrive in Lima on Friday, 19 august, and to contact
All matters relating to the seminar must be coordinated through
Ecologia y manejo de recursos en areas de alta montaña
En Cajamarca, Peru, tendrá luger del 20 al 27-8-88 un seminario internacional sobre "Ecologia y manejo de recursos en areas de alta montaha", organiizado por "Proyecto Piloto de Ecosistemas Andinos" de la Corporación de Desarrollo de Cajamarca (CORDECAJ) y el PNUMA (Programa de las Naciones Unides pare el Medio Ambiente).
El tema del seminario será la exposición y análisis del manejo tradicional apropiado por parte de la población de les áreas de alta montana de los recursos naturales de les mismas, teniendo en cuenta el inestable equilibrio ecológico. En muchas zonas este equilibrio ha sido destruido por influjos externos, especialmente en relacion con la colonización, y han desaparecido les tecnologías y sistemas económicos apropiados.
El objetivo del seminario es la elaboración de propuestas de métodos y actividades pare la reanimacion de elementos tradicionales de aprovechamiento de les áreas de alta montana, de manera especial pare la situación problematica de Cajamarca, y en general pare los Andes y sistemas ecológicos de alta montana similares.
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