LA ECONOMÍA AMAZONICA: UNA RACIONALIDAD DISTINTA

(Artículo basado en el informe de Daniel Mathews sobre Nuevo Saposoa) La economía de subsistencia de las comunidades amazónicas supone una cierta lógica ajena al capitalismo. Como indica Roland Bergman: “Muchas personas obtienen todo o casi todo para su vida de un sistema de subsistencia (…). Estos sobreviven desde siglos pasados cuando toda la humanidad dependía de formas simples y locales para su existencia. Pero el número de personas que todavía viven de esa manera indica una tenacidad no sólo de la gente sino de las formas en sí” (1990). Efectivamente, las lógicas del “desarrollo”, que predominan en el mundo … Continue reading LA ECONOMÍA AMAZONICA: UNA RACIONALIDAD DISTINTA

Work in Ecosocial Justice to promote the indigenous economy and indigenous rights

Over the past three months, Alianza Arkana’s ecosocial justice programme has been active across a wide array of areas. First, we conducted research on the Amazonian Economy in the native community of Nuevo Saposoa within our broader aim of encouraging … Continue reading Work in Ecosocial Justice to promote the indigenous economy and indigenous rights

Deforestation, Palm Oil and Indigenous Rights

This blog entry was written by Sarah Sax, who has recently completed her Masters in Environmental Science at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University. Sarah worked with Alianza Arkana as part of her research for her Masters degree in July and August 2016. Introduction In April 2015, a conservation organization, Mapping the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), posted the following image as their map of the week. The title reads “Image #4: Large-Scale Oil Palm Causes Deforestation of Primary Forest in the Peruvian Amazon”. Figure 1: MAAP image #4 showing deforestation due to Plantaciones de Pucallpa SAC and … Continue reading Deforestation, Palm Oil and Indigenous Rights

Learning to Support each other as Women: our experience with the Girls from Bena Jema and Santa Clara

In January, in collaboration with the US nonprofit “Girls for the World”, Alianza Arkana had the pleasure of organizing a five-day transformative personal development workshop for adolescent women at the “Tierra Vida” center, some 20 minutes away from Yarinacocha by boat. The 20 girls from the two Shipibo communities of Santa Clara and Bena Jema who participated in the 5-day workshop had a unique and life-changing experience. The girls who attended the workshop were very active participants, constantly eager to learn about different matters such as sexual and reproductive health, leadership and, the use of medicinal plants native to the … Continue reading Learning to Support each other as Women: our experience with the Girls from Bena Jema and Santa Clara

Working with indigenous communities

Working with indigenous communities is a wonderful experience. Whether you go as an NGO or a Social Enterprise, you are called to blend in a totally different culture and contribute with your own knowledge and with your own view of the world. Although it is a life changing experience, it’s full of challenges driven by the clash of cultures, the amount of interconnected problems that these communities face and the inherited poor social and environmental work done by others. Working in Amazon Rainforest In this article I want to share an inspiring project, I had the opportunity to film, with … Continue reading Working with indigenous communities