Resource curses and cures: Extraction, conflict, and socio-environmental 'fixes' in the Andes-Amazon

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Latin America Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 49
Organizers: Scott Odell, Manuel Prieto
Chairs: Scott Odell


Despite striking political differences, Andean countries have shared a remarkable acceleration in the extraction of natural resources over the last several decades. These extractive processes have increased revenue for state-led development programs, but have also resulted in widespread socio-environmental harms and conflict with communities near extraction sites. In response, governments, companies, and communities have deployed a range of technological, social, and financial fixes in an attempt to limit the harms of extraction and/or maximize the benefits. This session convenes panelists working across the Andes-Amazon region and researching issues related to mining, hydrocarbons development, forest use, and water rights to discuss the drivers, impacts, and contradictions of resource extraction, its harms, and responses to them.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Elisa Arond*, Stockholm Environment Institute - Latin America, A perverse “fix” for climate change: Climate variability as a justification for new coal power plants to meet energy demand in Colombia 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Yojana Oscco*, University of Toronto, Quechua Indigenous Political Organization in the Context of Modern Resource Extraction- Case Study in the Apurimac region of the Andes of Peru 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Claudia Baudoin Farah*, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio Económicas Universidad Católica Boliviana, Down the road or up the river: switching infrastructure in the shadow of agroextractivism in the floodable savannas of the Llanos de Moxos, Beni, Bolivia 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Scott Odell*, Georgetown University, Center for Latin American Studies, Desalination and displacements: Technological fixes to hydrosocial conflict in Chile's mining regions 15 5:25 PM
Presenter Manuel Prieto*, Universidad de Tarapacá, Indigenous resurgence and the anticommodification of nature: The Chilean water market and the Atacameño people 15 5:40 PM

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