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Conservation and Care among the Cofán in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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dc.contributor.author Esbach, Michael
dc.contributor.author Lu, Flora
dc.contributor.author Borman Quenama, Felipe
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-16T19:40:36Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-16T19:40:36Z
dc.date.issued 2021 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10824
dc.description.abstract "Accelerating deforestation and ecological degradation, linked to political and economic policies and agendas that endanger the health, well-being, and cultural survival of Indigenous people, present dire threats to the Amazonian biome and its inhabitants. Confronting these challenges necessitates a unified response by local and global partners. However, some conservationists, predominantly from the Global North, have perpetuated problematic, essentialised framings of Indigenous communities, which have even led them to advocate for punitive protectionist policies that we argue are morally and conceptually flawed. Western scientific and popular discourse often presents nature conservation via protected areas as a universal good. In this article, we argue for a more pluralistic approach; one that calls for an equitable footing between Indigenous knowledge and sustainability science. We examine a case study of the Cofán community of Zábalo in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where collective efforts to tsampima coiraye (care for the forest) have resulted in dynamic institutions adapted to diverse challenges and opportunities. Tsampima coiraye exemplifies a form of caretaking that is distinct from and complementary to Western conservation, one that provides important insights into understanding the context and meanings through which community governance fosters stewardship. We draw upon longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork and the Cofán concept of puifama atesuye (Two-World Knowledge) to describe collective action, community governance, and caretaking." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Amazon en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject care en_US
dc.subject Cofán en_US
dc.subject Ecuador en_US
dc.subject Indigenous people en_US
dc.title Conservation and Care among the Cofán in the Ecuadorian Amazon en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 259-270 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US


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