BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION PROJECTS, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICTS: THE COOPERATION APPROACH IN THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON Salvatore Eugenio Pappalardo, Massimo De Marchi Department of Geography, University of Padova ABSTRACT In a Megadiverse Country like Ecuador the nature conservation and sustainable development programs are well recognized at National and International level through creating Protected Areas and Biosphere Reserves, defined by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and by UNESCO. If, on the one hand, this Amazonian region is involved in many planning strategies for the sustainable development and the biodiversity conservation, on the other hand the same region is generally considered by the Ecuadorian State to be a remote and a peripheral area to be included in the integration processes of modernization, developing productive activities based on extractive economy and substitutive models of territorialization. Therefore the anthropogenic direct drivers affecting the dynamics of land use which also determine rapid cultural changes of local communities are mainly related both to the oil reservoir exploitation and the expansion of the agricultural frontier in the Amazon territory. The local communities, mainly composed by indigenous people and mestizo peasants, are local actors taking part in the so-called environmental conflicts, mostly driven by oil exploration and production. On one side the research project is based on the field work conducted by collecting geographical data and by qualitative investigation and on the other side it is based on the quantitative G.I.S. analysis examining spatial relationships between anthropic activities, land cover, local communities, protected areas and ecosystems. Through the case of study, developed in and around the territory of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO, 1989), the general objective of the research project is to verify the sustainability development program, focusing on the land use dynamics, to investigate the participative processes of local communities into the territory planning and to project possible scenarios trajectories of environmental conflicts. The specific objective is to quantify the net loss of Tropical Moist Forest habitat expressed by original vegetation cover substituted by anthropic activities along the oil infrastructures in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve influence and to conduct quantitative land cover analysis on a new oil road. In the Ecuadorian Amazon the present development models show a marked trend of territory management typically top-down oriented even if a lot of sustainable development projects, nature conservation programs and cooperation projects are taken place and proliferated in the area.CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY AND resources, biodiversity loss, pollution, introduction ofSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT alien species and rapid climate change . Biological diversity at multiple scale is fundamental to allNature conservation today is a controversial issue ecosystem processes and scientific researches show thatinvolving different academic research fields (from natural between 12% and 52% of species are threatened withto social sciences), local and international institutions and extinction related to anthropogenic drivers and across aorganizations and, directly or indirectly, local wide range of taxonomic groups the population size ofcommunities. majority of species is declining .Nature conservation and sustainable development are The linkage between biodiversity and human well-beingconcepts even more indivisible and they respond to have been expressed by the U.N. Agencies as therequest arose from the need to take part in the weighty “ecosystem services”; in general humanity has alwaysenvironmental issue and to deploy strategies to preserve depended on services provided by biosphere and itsbiodiversity at each biological organization level ecosystems like regulating services, provisioning services,combined with human activities sustainable oriented. cultural services and supporting services .While in the ancient past the ecosystem changes have Within the ecosystem services biodiversity has importantbeen ruled in the biosphere by extrinsic processes such as intrinsic and extrinsic roles: supporting complextectonic movements or natural climate change, in recent ecosystem dynamics through regulatory, structural andpast major changes result primarily from dynamics functional roles, cultural role like aesthetical, spiritual andintrinsic to the life on the Earth, mostly directly connected recreational elements of biodiversity and the importantto human activities. These dynamics are well known as provisional roles like supplying food, fresh water, fiberanthropogenic direct drivers; they often act together in and other goods . The capability of biodiversity tocomplex and synergic ways determining direct and provide goods and services is what mainly give to ruralindirect impacts on ecosystems: habitat destruction, societies in the Developing Countries the possibility forhabitat fragmentation, overexploitation of natural living and guarantying social reproduction.
For terrestrial ecosystems the most important drivers of takes on integrate strategies of management of soil, waterchange in the past 50 years have been land cover/land use systems, biological diversity with its essential processes,dynamics, in particular woodland conversion to crop land. functions and interactions between organisms and theirHuman-induced changes in the terrestrial surface have environment and between ecosystems themselves. Thebeen significant and relevant, especially deforestation, and ecosystemic approach assumes also sustainability as athey have affected the delivery of ecosystem services and concept to be verified at environmental, economical anddetermined alteration of biogeochemical and hydrological socio-cultural levels, involving local communities into thecycles that control the functioning of the earth system . process of decision making in biodiversity use andDeforestation and forest degradation affect 8.5% of the management. In order to develop a sustainableworld’s remaining forests, nearly half of which is in South management of biological resources all the relevantAmerica. Deforestation and forest degradation have been information should be kept in account, including scientificmore extensive in the tropics over the past few decades knowledges, indigenous and traditional knowledges,than in the rest of the world . Land cover and land use innovations and practical methods .analysis show two different approach to the issue: land An interesting framework to combine biodiversitycover refers to the land physical attributes like vegetation conservation priorities and sustainable human activities isstatus, grassland; whereas land use expresses how land is the Biosphere Reserve protected area model, instituted bytransformed by human activities like cropping and the Man and Biosphere Program (MAB) of UNESCOranching. Cross analysis of these two approaches allows a (1971) and evaluated, tested and implemented severalwhole representation of dynamics interfacing social and times by the Seville Strategy process (1996, 2002). Theenvironmental system. MAB research protocol aims to integrate human activities,If on one hand the majority of international conservation natural environment protection, scientific researchtreats and agreements such as the Ramsar Convention on projects in the same area, emphasizing mutualWetlands (1971), the Convention on Migratory Species, relationships between human beings and nature andand the CITES (1973) is specifically based on the classic recognizing on one side the mankind role to shapebiology conservation paradigm that separates humans landscapes and on the other side to find methods andfrom natural environment, on the other hand the pathway to use natural resources without environmentalConvention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Rio de degradation. This model is based on the conception ofJaneiro Summit (1992) opened space of discussion for protected area as an open system in which energy anddeveloping new strategies of biodiversity conservation matter may flow in the boundaries systems, in contrastthroughout the world. Moreover the CBD through the with the classic conservation approach which protectssubsequent meetings of the Conference of Parties (COP) ecosystems isolating them from the surroundingand its Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and environment .Technological Advise (SBSTTA) started a new theoretical Within these biodiversity conservation models andframework to preserve biological diversity assuming the sustainable use and natural resources management,biodiversity as a multiscalar concept and dealing with its planned and organized by international institutions likecomplexity . This issue has moved the focus of the UN agencies and NGOs, also takes place cooperationconservation programs from the interest of preserving a projects.single species or a wilderness area to that of protecting A matter of facts the same CBD states that “eachbiodiversity to all of the organization levels of biological Contracting Party shall, as far as possible and asdiversity (from genes to landscapes) and at the same time appropriate, cooperate with other Contracting Parties,postulating that “the conservation and sustainable use of directly or, where appropriate, through competentbiological diversity is of critical importance for meeting international organizations, in respect of areas beyondthe food, health and other needs of the growing world national jurisdiction and on other matters of mutualpopulation, for which purpose access to and sharing of interest, for the conservation and sustainable use ofboth genetic resources and technologies are essential” . biological diversity” .This new paradigm has an important role also in During the long and complex process on natureinfluencing the conservation strategies and the sustainable conservation and sustainable development programs thedevelopment planning at international level promoted by Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) promoted byorganizations like the IUCN, many United Nation U.N. is opening chances for international cooperationagencies projects, and orienting treats and conventions. “recognizing the interdependence between growth,The paradigmatic dichotomy between biodiversity poverty reduction and sustainable development; ensuringconservation and sustainable development was definitely environmental sustainability are goals to be achieved byresolved in the fifth COP meeting (Montreal, 2000) 2015 that respond to the worlds main developmentadopting the “ecosystem approach” which considers challenges” .human societies as integral part of ecosystems and which
Through the MDGs Achievement Fund managed by the The Ecuadorian population (12.5 million inhabitants) isUnited Nation Development Program (UNDP) a territory composed by 52% of indigenous groups, 40% of mestizoplanning for conservation and sustainable development of and 8% of afro-descendant and Spanish origins .the natural and cultural heritage of the Yasuní Biosphere The national economy till the 1960-1970 was mainlyReserve (YBR) is taking place in the Amazon region of based on extractive and large-scale agricultural activitiesEcuador. This program is promoted by the Spanish linked to rubber, to cacao and to bananas production. TheGovernment through the Spanish Agency for International convergence between the crisis of the agro-exporter modelCooperation (AECID) together with UN-Ecuador and and the discovery of huge oil reserves in the Amazonlocally coordinated by the Energy Ministry, the National region has inverted the economic and production course,Secretary for Development, Provincial institutions and maintaining the frame of reprimarizacion modernizadaindigenous organizations like CODEMPE. According .with the 7th goal of the MDGs this international The Ecuadorian productive system is now definitely basedcooperation project aims to ensure the environmental on extractive and agro-industrial activities oriented to asustainability of the YBR trying out the complex land use exploitation of non-renewable resources likeconflictive arena of different actors carrying out their own petroleum and extensive agriculture crops .interests and attempting to achieve the stakes underlying Even if several agriculture reforms were approved in orderthe Amazon territory . to orient migration fluxes into low population densityIn some cases the conservation strategies employed to areas and to assign lands to indigenous people andpreserve ecosystems or to combine environmental peasants, the agriculture productivity system is based onsustainability could take to a conflict dimension due to an unfair distribution of land. Therefore indigenouslack of preliminary process of participation and people, representing the poorest part of the population andinvolvement able to allow technical, scientific, juridical, distributed in the rural areas of the country, share the samepolitical and economical requests to get consensus and need about the territory issues: the access to land and tosupport by local communities. This is the case of local the natural resources and land ownership rights .communities excluded by the management and use of a The Ecuadorian oil boom (1970-2000) has led the socertain territory . called Amazonian colonization which is a multifactor process that pushes further both the agriculture and oilGEOGRAPHICAL FRAMEWORK AND STUDY frontier in expanding in the eastern peripheral area of theSITE country . This process is the effort of the Central State actor to plan integration and modernization processes ofEcuador is a little country (256.370 km2) located in South the most peripheral and wilderness area of Ecuador.America laying on the interception of the Andes mountain Therefore, the emerging oil industry started to buildrange and the Equator Line. The Andes range is an communication and productive infrastructures such asecosystemic “watershed” that splits the country in three roads, pipelines, settlements and Central Processingdifferent bio-geographical regions: the Costa, the Sierra Facilities (CPF). In particular the extensive road networkand the Oriente (the Amazon region) . Due to the built exclusively to facilitate oil production is the mainexceptional biodiversity richness Ecuador has been colonization vector in the Amazon region especially forincluded in the Megadiverse Countries list, placed on top local communities as well as for indigenous people andfor vertebrate endemisms per 1000 Km2 and for absolute mestizo that search new spaces to settle in. Only betweennumber presence of birds, amphibians and butterflies 1985 and 1996 oil companies together with thespecies in the same area unit . Moreover this country Ecuadorian state have implemented the road network frompresents two areas declared Biodiversity Hotspots due to 1830 to 7250 km, resulting in an increase up to 400% inthe high endemism rate (representing at least the 0.5% on extension . The oil road network is the main vector ofglobal scale) and an high deforestation process (70% net the territorial re-organization that shows the typicalloss of the original forest cover). They are located on the territorialization through land cover substitution andnorth-western coast and in the northern Amazon region stimulating land use changes of non-traditional agriculturecalled Tropical Andes . Because of its biodiversity practices .richness and the ecosystems degradation due to the land Nowadays the ongoing oil production exceeds 400.000cover/land use changes Ecuador is involved in many barrels per day and it represents the 46% of exportationsconservation programs promoted by International Union and nearly 40% of GDP .for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UNESCO, In the Amazon territory oil production processesgovernmental and non-governmental organizations, determine chain impacts on the environmental and socialcooperation agencies and national and international systems. The most pervasive socio-environmental impactinstitutions. is the 217.000 barrels per day of oil production water of
which 31.000 barrels per day are released in the of external actors to draw the geography of energeticenvironment by Petroecuador Company alone . resources and to use the Amazon territory. A common practices for disposing of production waters is Through the geographical overlapping of these threescattering them on the soil through toxic pits and through territorial processes in and around the Yasuní Biosphereartificial channels into the rivers. The waters Reserve the study site was processed to produce acontamination in the oil production area is really high so cartographic output.that just between the Napo and Coca river basins, wherelocal communities live, drink and bath, the petroleum DATA AND METHODShydrocarbons concentration is between 100 and 10.000times higher than the limits allowed by Environmental The research project is based both on fieldwork activitiesProtection Agency (EPA) . More than thirty years of in Ecuadorian Amazon collecting spatial referenced data,oil exploitation took the whole area into a environmental GPS surveying, information by semi-structured interviewsand health emergency, determining high environmental to privileged informers and on quantitative investigationand social costs on local level . about spatial relationships between anthropic activities,The Amazon region shows very different logics of ecosystems, indigenous territories and the Yasuníterritory use and organization and often in contrast to each Biosphere Reserve. All the biophysical, ecological,other. By the analysis of the extractive and substitutive anthropic, socio-economic data acquired in the fieldworkactivities is possible to draw a cartography of territorial were retried and integrated into the Database Managementactors with their own dynamics disclosing different ways System (DBMS) in order to manage a powerful datato perceive natural resources . storage geographically and temporally referenced andAt the moment the territorial dynamics are very complex thematically differentiated.and sometimes overlapped to each other. Even if it could This variety of geographic and spatial data has been usedbe a reductive operation it is useful to identify actors and to conduct quantitative analysis by the Geographicalrational logics configuring the territory and taking to the Information Systems (GIS) technology as a tool able toenvironmental conflict . Therefore, within this manage different information sheets and maintaining anterritorial system internal and external actors are systemic approach to the territory.detachable: on one side local populations, composed by Using satellites and retrieved thematic maps land coverindigenous and mestizo peasants and local institutions; on and land use dynamics have been analyzed within thethe other side oil companies and national institutions such study site focusing on the road network andas the State and its Ministry of Energy and Environment. territorialization processes. The study site is located within the Amazon Region, so-called Oriente, which represents about the 50% of the RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONnational area. The Oriente contains half of the Ecuadorianforest systems, mainly composed by Moist Tropical Forest Diachronic quantitative analysis on anthropic impacts on(MTF), and represents alone about the 40% of the land cover was conducted by GIS analysis throughbiodiversity of the country . It includes the Yasuní geometric intersection operations between the originalNational Park, the indigenous territory of Wuaorani, a 10 vegetation cover before the Amazon colonization processkm buffer zone that surrounds the Biosphere Reserve, the and the substituted remain cover. This analysis wasrivers basin of Rio Curaray and Rio Napo, the main road performed in the study site by calculating net loss on eachinfrastructures, cities and human settlements. Using a forest systems. Results show that colonization process issystemic approach the study site was selected by the much more pervasive in the MTF ecosystems rather thenrelevant territorial processes that modify and set up this in the area close to the Andes range. Indeed within thecomplex Amazon territory: the natural boundaries defined study site 4892 km2 is the net loss of original vegetationby rivers basin, the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, the oil cover which represents the 85% of the 5819 km2 ofblocks licensed for petroleum extraction and production. substituted area. This results are explained by theThe extremely dense rivers network of this portion of colonization process of the Amazon region enlighteningAmazon Basin is one of the dominant factor both in the by the cartographic superimposition of the substitutedgeomorphological and pedogenetic processes and cover to the oil activities areas (oil blocks). This caseterritorialization processes of Amazonian local clearly shows relationships between land cover and landcommunities, becoming structuring elements of the use changes: on one side the territory use linked to thegeographical space . The Yasuní Biosphere Reserve energy resource exploitation, on the other side land coverwas instituted by UNESCO in the 1989 and it plays a key changes producing TMF habitat loss . This is a way torole in the conservation programs and territory planning. represent territorial dynamics expressed by interfacingThe oil blocks are vectors of modernization and human-environment mutual interactions .integration process in the area and they represent the way
Considering that the study site is one of the most by the Italian ENI-AGIP company, 7.90 by Keer-McGeeimportant deforestation front in the world  and and 0.43 by PetroEcuador . The comparative analysisassuming that every linear kilometer of road extended in clearly shows two different territory patterns built up tothe TMF there is an average loss of 120 ha of forest  the communication network: on one side the territory isthe territory analysis focus also moves around the new oil set up around a main road axis, on the other side theroads as potential catalyst of new colonization process in territory remains configured on the water ways . Thethe Amazon region. spatial pattern obtained around the main road axis isThrough the Google Earth platform and satellite imagery shown by the forest-nonforest interface modeled by theinterpretation method a new oil road close to YBR has processes of agriculture colonization; from the main roadbeen identified. This road was constructed by the axis depart orthogonal and parallel processes according toOccidental Petroleum company without any authorization the typical fish-bone pattern . If on one side the. The GIS analysis and measurement operations modernizing territorial practices are shown by theindicate a full-run road of 40 Km of which 15 km within substitution activities, on the other side thethe YBR buffer zone. On this sample area there are 44 oil communication ways is mostly overlapped to the denseinfrastructures of which 6 are inside the Biosphere buffer river network of the Rio Curaray. The comparativezone. All the deforested area related to these oil analysis also reveals the conflicting logics ofinfrastructure is 110 ha of which 60 are inside the buffer territorialization: waters logics versus land logics. Withinzone. the Curaray territory social systems organize andMoreover through the satellite imagery interpretation 27 reproduce themselves innervating the complex but viableopen toxic pits were identified 6 of which lies within the water systems, carrying out territorial practices based onbuffer zone. Also in this case the territorial analysis shows the opportunities offered by soil and the hydrographythe relationships between oil production and road network mediated by the man-space relationship, adaptinggiving some physical measurement of what is potentially themselves and the community development to the rivergetting a colonization vector. Every case of road basin eco-system .construction in the Amazon region is directly linked to the These two different logics of modeling and using theoil extractive activities and this specific study case reveal territory witness distinct way of perceiving andthe uncontrolled operations of private oil companies in the representing natural resources and relationship amongareas despite international and national laws . societies and ecosystems. The confrontation of theseUsing Landsat ETM+ imagery emphasizing land cover different logic of territorial development are at the roots ofstatus and using retrieved thematic maps of river basins, socio-environmental conflicts in Amazon basin.oil production systems and local communities The qualitative research on the fieldwork also givesgeographical analysis have been developed to show indications about the existent cooperation projectsdifferent pattern of territorialization. developed in the area. An exemplar signal of participativeThe quantitative and comparative analysis is conducted on cooperation is given by the Proyecto Bosques within thetwo different territories: the first structured around the European Commission Program called “Red comunitariaAuca Road, the second one around the Curaray river. The e institucional para la conservación del bosque tropicalAuca territory has been elaborated using the Landsat amazónico” This cooperation project is taking place in theETM+ imagery, buffering till the last colonization line at Orellana Province and it involves both local institutions22 km from the main road axis; the Curaray territory, and indigenous-peasant communities. The reforestationwithout paved road, has been buffered using the natural plan and the TMF conservation is based on participativeboundaries of the river basin. processes able to create a local communities networkThe G.I.S. analysis indicates that there are 25 urban capacitated and organized to preserve forest and tosettlements, 6 Wuaorani indigenous communities and 4 manage sustainably forest resource.Quichua-colonos communities in the Auca territory (on The Solidaridad Internacional ONG pushed for this4683 km2); in contrast there are 12 urban settlements, 13 integrated forest conservation plan since 2005 trying toWuaorani communities and 22 Quichua-colonos propose alternative ways for rational use of forestcommunities in the Curaray territory of 8.204 km2. resources and in order to preserve them. The solutions areMoreover the comparative analysis gives these results: complex: in the deforested area the NGO propose thatthe Auca territory is 100% covered by oil blocks of which families start to reforestate with woody species and to60% is managed by external actor Petroecuador, 17% by maximize alternative cultivations already present in thethe Keer-McGee company, 8% by the Vintage company area like cacao. As far as it was possible to verify withinand 14% is without oil operator; the Curaray territory the study site, this could be the way to give roots to theinstead 68% is without any oil operator, 23.57% managed cooperation project by a local bottom-top processes .
Figure 1 Territorialization patterns between the territory of the Auca road and the Curaray river basin
WALKING SUSTAINABLE HORIZONS always more to do with distributive policies; in everyRESEARCH ON COOPERATION AND project, plan or program at stake is the socio-spatialCONFLICT MANAGEMENT justice; in the location oil infrastructures the costs are supported by the receiving territory whereas benefits areSustainable development is the result of virtuous enjoyed by territories or populations localised far frominteractions in social practices including: consumption the place mostly hit (the Nation), often there are nomodels, social relations and institutions and compensation measures. This reasoning does not intendenvironmental systems. This virtuous interaction is to support the zero hypothesis as the best solution, ratherfacilitated by promoting awareness of the choices of to project or program alternatives which have to belocal societies, which are the keystone of sustainability appraised not only in terms on environmental impacts,practice. Facing the issue of sustainable development but also against the socio-spatial implicationsmeans to take into consideration the interactions among influencing both the definition of the priorities and theeconomy, society, environment at first focusing on the results. In the practice of environmental assessment thismanner local society achieves self welfare. This refers to issue of socio-spatial justice has been faced foreseeingboth local resource use and necessary economic the consultation of the public after the conclusion of theexchanges including mobility, with other societies and impact statement.countries. The way local resources are used is related to The social network that interacts with every plan orour efficient use of them and to the maintenance of program foresees four typologies of actors: theenvironmental conditions (mainly climate and proponents, the environmental authority, the directlybiodiversity) that allowed humans to live and local affected actors and public opinion. If two actors aresocieties to become rooted in specific places. The traditionally in narrow contact during all the phases ofnecessary economic exchanges relate to critical issues the evaluation (proponents and environmental authority),like equity, social justice, because the welfare in a local directly affected actors and population have often fewsociety is based on a high quantity of external resources opportunities to contribute, so actual “participatory”, , , . So, the efficient use of local and models consist in the post-consultation phase whichexternal resources joined with environmental results in a dynamic that often threatens to crystallise instewardship is the keystone of sustainable development the classical decide-announce-defend (DAD) mode.as approach s characterised by three dimensions: True public participation processes in decision-making • sustainable development as a local process, the are necessary to improve the quality of the decisions local territory has an important task in creating made and strategic in order to make them more local and global networks, region are acceptable and shared within the environmental and cornerstones of development territorial policies. Besides this, participation contributes • sustainable development as a planned and to the growth of environmental consciousness. Citizens communication process and local actors should participate in the construction of • sustainable development as a participated environmental policies on the basis of common process, the key is empowerment of local conditions. Principle 10 of Rio declaration On stakeholders, the construction of a participated Environment and Development contains indications decision-making system and conflict concerning public participation on projects, plans, management strategy , , , , programs and legislative initiatives dealing with , . environment. The Declaration foresees that the memberCentral issues in any decision related to actors, States assure: the information of the public on each plan,territories, natural resources are power relations and the program or they revision, the possibility to expressway to achieve consensus and to deal with conflicts. comments and observations before the approval, the. guarantee that any observation is take into considerationIn the practice of territorial decision making any action before the approval. Member States take the necessaryshould be appraised in a context wider than the strictly actions to identify citizens or the groups participating intechnical and economical issues of the action or in the decision-making with particular attention tosectorial and territorial circle directly involved by the environmental NGO.plan or programs (in this case study beyond oil After almost two decades of patchy experience ofeconomy). Environmental and territorial issues deal with sustainability the need now is to consolidatesocial and ecological relationships more complex than sustainability practice and to embody sustainabilitythose apparently influenced from the project or the approaches into current individual, public, private,program. The issues of social equity and environmental actions. Many communities in the world have producedcarrying capacity are tightly connected , , , in these twenty years a wide spectrum of experiences in, . Choices concerning the environment have sustainability including research, business, public
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