University of Georgia
The Andes program was established in 1994 in a watershed roughly 100 km from Quito, Ecuador’s capital. In this area, residents were struggling with the decreasing ability of the watershed to support the local population and inadequate local knowledge of sustainable practices, coupled with a lack of government policies and interventions. These barriers to sustainable natural resource management provided a platform for researchers to provide support to local, regional, and global decision-makers concerned with sustainable development in this mountainous region.
Development with Identity: Community, Culture and Sustainability in the Andes Ed. R. Rhoades (University of Georgia). CABI Publishing, Oxfordshire, UK. 2005. Throughout Latin America, indigenous peoples are demanding that development must address local priorities, including ethnic identity. Simultaneously, sustainability scientists need to conduct place-based research on the interaction between environment and society that will have global relevance. This book reports on a six-year interdisciplinary research project on natural resource management in Cotachachi, Ecuador, where scientists and indigenous groups learnt to seek common ground. The book discusses how local people and the environment have engaged each other over time to create contemporary Andean landscapes. It also explores human-environment interaction in relation to biodiversity, soils and water, and equitable development. This book will be of significant interest to sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and sustainability scientists researching environment and agriculture in rural communities