Over the past decade, the Amazon basin has been part of rapidly shifting political narratives that have now left us with contradicting and fragmented visions on the future of the world’s largest tropical forest. Ecuador’s Amazon region is no exception and it exemplifies several of the incoherencies between non-renewable resource extraction and environmental protection initiatives, both part of the same sustainable development discourse. It has become obvious that forest conservation, food security, sustainable economies and respect for indigenous culture can't be dependent on strategies and plans that come from the State as it is too fragile and transitory to be able to define long term commitments for the region.
The Amazon seems to require renewed visions from local perspectives that push for dynamic and prosperous economies but that at the same time belong to a global agenda focused on the protection of forests for climate change mitigation. Moving towards a better convergence between local knowledge and global support is not meant to strengthen condescending international cooperation, but should re-establish the responsibility all nations have over environmentally sensitive landscapes like the Amazon.
Conference organized by Antonio di Campli, Assistant Professor wtc, Politecnico di Torino
Speaker Santiago del Hierro, NDSM, Amsterdam
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- DIST - Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio