Landscapes of Conservation
Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice and the Politics of Territory in Peruvian Amazonia
Innovating around Plan de Vida methodologies, the project centres on supporting Indigenous communities to evaluate the social, environmental and development challenges they face and then plan pathways to their desired futures.
Drawing on our wider collaborative network of relevant, Indigenous federations and institutions and governmental and non-governmental organisations the project then seeks to engage with the challenges raised by the research to inform relevant actions, interventions and guide policy changes.
The central methodology of the project has been producing Plan de Vidas (Communal Management Plans) with Indigenous communities on the Inuya and Purús Rivers
A key part of the project’s methodology has centred on the mapping of community space and territory.
An immediate impact of this work has been the first official recognition by the Peruvian government of a of a territorial claim by a group still considered to be in ‘Initial Contact’.
The project included capacity development activities to support community members to produce their own films.
Beyond mapping and film-making the project has engaged with wider capacity development activities at the regional Indigenous universities of UNIA and NOPOKI.
ESRC – Grant # ES/T002131/1