Encroaching development, protection for some: Spatial relationships between indigenous peoples and national parks in Chiapas and Guatemala

Authors: Tristan Boyd*,
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Latin America
Keywords: indigenous peoples, Guatemala, Chiapas, environmental justice, extractive industries
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Indigenous peoples have a long and fraught relationship with national parks and protected areas as they often are not envisioned with indigenous peoples in mind. Today, parks and protected areas throughout the Americas are threatened by illegal logging, are abutted by industrial agricultural development, and are targets for exploratory drilling and mining. Both Mexico and Guatemala have large indigenous populations that make up a plurality or a majority in areas that are targets for both preservation and expanding resource extraction. This project is an exercise to better understand the spatial relationship between indigenous peoples in the Mexican state of Chiapas and Guatemala, with special attention paid to resource extraction within and directly adjacent to the parks. Given the long-standing and ongoing struggle between indigenous peoples and the Mexican and Guatemalan states, this project hopes to shed light on how protected areas may be failing to preserve native landscapes while the answering questions of where protected areas are in relation to indigenous communities and what threats exist around said protected areas.

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