“Favoring the social appropriation of the territory and biodiversity as a conservation strategy”: Dr. Conrado Márquez of the UACh
Mexico is a Mega-Div erso country and its biodiversity is the result of a biocultural system that has coexisted. “Given the importance and contributions of the territories of indigenous peoples ( and also mestizo farmers ) to biodiversity, ecosystems and its environmental resources, we believe that without the incorporation of indigenous peoples into conservation strategies and development of public policies, Mexico will not be able to fulfill the purposes committed to in the Biodiversity Convention in its versions of Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, and of subsequent conferences to contribute to sustainable development ”(Eckart Boege, 2008). The biocultural approach to conservation and sustainable development around indigenous peoples (and rural societies in general ) is strategic for megadiverse countries like Mexico.
The dispute over natural resources, biodiversity and environmental justice
It is essential to strengthen the capacities for local management of biodiversity in rural areas. The co-construction of knowledge.
Globally, there are more and more conflicts due to natural resource extraction and waste disposal.
Environmental conflicts arise from environmental injustices, although environmental injustice can persist without the emergence of conflict. There are also more and more areas of resistance, from which new sustainability alternatives emerge.
Do you want to know more about this topic?
We invite you to consult in the following link the presentation of Dr. Conrado Márquez of the Chapingo Autonomous University on the importance of strengthening local knowledge for the conservation of biodiversity, which was presented at the Meeting of Indigenous and Peasant Organizations on Change Climate, Biodiversity and Free, Prior and Informed Consultation, on June 20 and 21.