Iago Otero: Peasant memory for building resilience to wildfires in Matadepera (Barcelona province)

1,404 views
1,313 views

Published on

Iago Otero
Tuesday 12 July 2011

Peasant memory for building resilience to wildfires in Matadepera (Barcelona province)

0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,404
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
664
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
4
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Iago Otero: Peasant memory for building resilience to wildfires in Matadepera (Barcelona province)

  1. 1. Peasant memory for building resilience to wildfires in Matadepera (Barcelona province) Iago Otero
  2. 2. In 2003 a wildfire kills 5 people and devastates thousands of hectares of forests nearby Matadepera. Courtesy of GRAF and Matadepera fire-fighters
  3. 3. Sotabosc, 5: 5-6 (2005)
  4. 4. Scheme for the prevention of large wildfires Association of Forest Defense (2005)
  5. 5. City Archives Sotabosc, 5: 8 (2005) Local knowledge of forest and fire
  6. 6. Sotabosc, 5: 10-11 (2005) Enhancement of regressive habitats and species
  7. 7. Why wildfires? Why habitat regression? 2007 1940
  8. 8. Why wildfires? Why habitat regression? Estany et al. (2010) Global Environment
  9. 9. Otero et al. (2011) Ecological Economics Urbanization is not a spontaneous process...
  10. 10. « Matadepera… given its geographical conditions… calls for the assignment of a signal-function: a place for resting and summer vacations » Plan de Ordenación de Tarrasa y Matadepera (1951) City Archives of Matadepera, box 540 ... but the outcome of political choices and struggles
  11. 11. « We did nothing and they kicked us out from our home… The owner [town’s Mayor] told to my father ‘it does not matter whether you have a contract, it is useless, the houses are the houses’, exactly this way » Mingo Comasòlivas (1930), 26/11/2007 ... with winners and losers
  12. 13. Sotabosc, 6: 4-7 (2007) Against urban expansion: narrative
  13. 14. Against urban expansion: empirical evidence Badia et al. (2008) Documents d’Anàlisi Geogràfica
  14. 15. Against urban expansion: peasant heritage
  15. 16. Courtesy of Q. Vancells Against urban expansion: social movement
  16. 17. Monitoring of integrated a grosilvopastoral management 0 ,2 ,4 ,6 ,8 1 1,2 1,4 1,6 1,8 2 Can Prat Can Robert any 2009 any 2008 Pressió ramadera year: p < 0.0001 site: n.s. Grazing pressure
  17. 18. Monitoring of integrated a grosilvopastoral management
  18. 19. Environmental education and dissemination Avui Terrassa, 20/2/2009
  19. 20. Final remarks <ul><li>Insider scientists work together with the local community to produce a knowledge that facilitates socio-ecological transformation in the desired direction ... </li></ul><ul><li>... to increase the resilience of the social-ecological system to wildfires, thus from the fire suppression paradigm to the fire management paradigm... </li></ul><ul><li>... through a proper reconfiguration of the practices of management of natural resources performed by the dispossessed peasantry. </li></ul><ul><li>Science and action, formal and informal knowledge travel, meet, labour and co-produce change, through the real people that embody them. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Final remarks <ul><li>Totally biased selection of study area/case. </li></ul><ul><li>The method is the particular way of living in the place. </li></ul><ul><li>Our implication in the actions renders difficult the definition of external criteria for evaluating their transformative character. </li></ul><ul><li> How do evaluate the SE transformation in which we are engaged? </li></ul><ul><li>This type of political action including knowledge generation is supposedly done for the community, a very problematic notion. </li></ul><ul><li> Who are we working for? </li></ul>

×