Elisa

Elisa Bignante

University of Torino
Torino, Italy

COBRA at the University of Torino

A workshop to talk about community owned solutions in the Guiana Shield

February 11, 2015

COBRA Project and University of Torino host workshop on COBRA approach and community owned solutions.

DSC_0921 (2)Friday February 6th 2015 a workshop of the Cobra project was held at the University of Torino, Italy.

The aim of the workshop was to bring forward and discuss three different themes:

  1. What are the opportunities, challenges and shortcomings of current global environmental policies for local communities in the Amazon forest?
  2. How to bridge global environmental challenges with indigenous needs? How to discuss and implement policies from the bottom up?
  3. How to carry on participatory action research with indigenous communities? What approaches to choose, what challenges?

DSC_0920 (2)In order to discuss these themes Deirdre Jafferally, Samantha James, Lakeram Haynes, Andrea Berardi and Elisa Bignante presented the COBRA approach and the local practices of sustainability carried on by indigenous communities in Amazon forest. The workshop also provided Italian Master and PhD students, researchers, and practitioners who attended with an overview of opportunities, challenges and shortcomings of current global environmental policies for local communities in the Amazon Forest. And finally it engaged in a discussion on the approaches to engage communities in conservation and development policy.

DSC_0916 (2)These themes were discussed with some special guests: Paola Minoia, of the University of Helsinki, expert in (post) development geography, Cecilia Pennacini, visual anthropologist of the University of Torino, Alfredo Mela, of the Polytechnic of Torino, expert in sociology of the environment, Egidio Dansero, geographer of the University of Torino expert in sustainability and environmental policies and authors, Javier Gonzalez, social anthropologist of the University of Torino and Marco Pollarolo, aid worker and activist.

Along  with the workshop two photographic exhibitions themed around indigenous communities in Guyana have been shown:

DSC_0899 (2)Life in the Rupununi:  The everyday practices of two Indigenous communities in the Amazon forest by photographer Andrea Borgarello and

Participatory photography: The  indigenous communities’ experience in the Amazon forest by photographer Claudia Nuzzo.

The workshop represented a great  and intense moment of discussion and no matter the hard weather conditions (an incredible amount of snow covered the city of Torino that day) over 40 young researchers, students and practitioners took part into a very fertile and rich exchange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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