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dc.contributor.supervisor Berkes, Fikret (Natural Resources Institute) en_US
dc.contributor.author Premauer, Julia M.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-09T17:16:56Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-09T17:16:56Z
dc.date.issued 2013-01-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/14430
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the contexts, rationales, and practices of collaborative governance between Wayúu indigenous chiefs and Parks (national parks authority) in Makuira National Park, northeast Colombia. The study looks into the Wayúu institutions for territorial governance; policies for conservation, participation and indigenous rights; and key aspects of cross-cultural park governance. The field research was based on an in-depth qualitative case study. I used an ethnographic approach with document review, semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and use of existing qualitative data. The Wayúu people have a system of customary territorial governance that comprises institutions regarding ownership, access, use, and control of territory and its resources. Wayúu sacred places in Makuira Mountains follow spiritual institutions for proper behaviour and respectful relations with supernatural beings. However, Wayúu territorial governance and autonomy is affected by broader contexts of social-political and economic processes. “Parks with People” policy seeks to enhance governance in protected areas by addressing conflicts, recognizing indigenous territories, authority, and mutual collaboration. Co-government is approached as a “signature of agreements” by Parks in Bogotá, as an “ongoing process” by Makuira National Park staff and as an “alliance” by indigenous peoples. While formal co-government process is mostly led by Parks, Wayúu institutions influence informal day-to-day practice. Most Wayúu rights are recognised however, self-determination is not fully recognised. Wayúu park staff helps facilitate cross-cultural respect and achieve more horizontal relations. These research findings highlight the importance of collaborative approaches for conservation that address historically informed national and local contexts and conflicts that at the same time recognise territorial and self-government rights. Supporting and building upon local institutions and customary management practices are important components of a more inclusive and rights-based practice of conservation. These findings provide for a more nuanced understanding of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs). While indigenous territories do have protected features; they are combined with other territorial practices that can be regarded as “incompatible” with conservation by other actors. This limits ICCAs ability to leverage for full recognition of indigenous rights. This study demonstrates that such rights recognition should happen at the constitutional level and not be attached to conservation objectives. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject parks en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject commons en_US
dc.subject indigenous rights en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject participation en_US
dc.subject governance en_US
dc.title Rights, conservation, and governance: Indigenous Peoples-national parks collaboration in Makuira, Colombia en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
dc.degree.discipline Natural Resources Management en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Davidson-Hunt,Iain (Natural Resources Institute) MacKay,Kelly (Kinesiology and Recreation Management) Ulloa,Astrid(Natural Resources Institute) Bray,David (Florida International University) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2013 en_US


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