Decolonizing wildfire risk management: indigenous responses to fire criminalization policies and increasingly flammable forest landscapes in Lomerío, Bolivia

Rodriguez, Iokine, Inturias, Mirna, Masay, Elmar and Peña, Anacleto (2023) Decolonizing wildfire risk management: indigenous responses to fire criminalization policies and increasingly flammable forest landscapes in Lomerío, Bolivia. Environmental Science & Policy, 147. pp. 103-115. ISSN 1462-9011

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Drawing on decolonial thought, this article provides a perspective on local indigenous knowledge and governance systems as a resource for informing wildfire risk policy approaches and collaborative environmental security. In 2019, the Indigenous Territory of Lomerío in Bolivia was heavily affected by wildfires, due to a combination of fires that penetrated the territory from outside and others that spread from inside. As result, the Bolivian Forest Management Agency (ABT) started threatening indigenous people with criminal action for using fire in their livelihood practices. In response, in 2020 and with the support of several institutions, the Union of Indigenous Communities of Lomerío (CICOL) initiated a series of activities to ensure local control of wildfire risk management in the territory. These include a written burning protocol, a fire monitoring programme, water basin and forest conservation policies, participatory research conducted by indigenous researchers about the use of fire in Lomerío and cultural revitalization strategies. The article presents the results of these different strategies and their contributions to creating awareness of appropriate regulations for wildfire risk management by national authorities from the perspective of the Monkoxɨ indigenous people.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This manuscript was made possible thanks to the support of the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UKRI (UK Research and Innovation), who supported the INDIS (Indigenous Interaction for Sustainable Development) Project (No. INDIS I206041), carried out in conjunction between the University of East Anglia, NUR University and CICOL. The Photovoice Project also receive support from the National Geographic Young Explorers program and the GIZ program of the German Cooperation Agency.
Uncontrolled Keywords: wildfire risk management,bolivia,decolonial thought,cognitive justice,indigenous people,wildfire risk management,cognitive justice,indigenous people,decolonial thought,geography, planning and development,management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions,4* ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2023 15:32
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 01:37
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2023.06.005


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