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Todos y todas por Chaparrí

Recently, we've had the honour to host the 'Todos y todas por Chaparrí' project during one of our Community Talks. 

As the project has recently been published in Spanish, we'd like to highlight this project as an example of research that includes local communities.

Rewatch the Community Talks:

Sustainable rural development through socially innovative and community-based conservation in the Chaparri Reserve Region.

Balancing nature conservation with sustainable socio-economic development

In Peru, as well as in other Latin American countries, the challenge of balancing the goals of nature conservation with those of sustainable socio-economic development remains a topic of intense and passionate debate. Fervent calls for socio-environmental justice oppose a long history in which modernization has been associated with extractivist logics and practices that have irreversibly damaged nature and the peasant and indigenous world. Protected areas, alongside various other approaches and instruments for nature conservation, are at the heart of a complex debate in which the contemporary human-nature relationship is questioned.

The Chaparri Ecological Reserve

This project delves into the multifaceted aspects of the Chaparri Ecological Reserve, which stands out as the first private protected area established and governed by a peasant community in northern Peru. It explores significant landmarks, achievements, challenges, and social innovations that have made Chaparri a symbol of inspiration for activists, conservationists, academics, and other actors involved in the intersection of social and environmental issues.

From the participatory action research project, carried out in partnership with the local community and other relevant actors, this publication talks about the pressing need for increased awareness and knowledge regarding the complex dilemmas and critical junctures faced by protected areas, such as Chaparri.

Website of the project: https://ees.kuleuven.be/project/chaparri 

Check out the publication [ES]