Colloquium will address socio-ecological regeneration, art and interculturality to promote transdisciplinary dialogues

"Socio-ecological regeneration in times of change" is the title of the annual colloquium of the Chilean Society of Socioecology and Ethnoecology (SOSOET), which will bring together research perspectives, local and indigenous knowledge, as well as artistic manifestations and workshops. Along with supporting this instance, Fundación Mar Adentro will hold a discussion on community experiences for the restoration and protection of wetlands. This is a way to expand and share the collaborative work for conservation replicated in various territories of the country through the FMA grant promoted by the organization.

●  The colloquium will be face-to-face and open to those who wish to attend as listeners (prior registration, value $10,000 ). The conferences, discussions, and workshops will be held at the Faculty of Forest Sciences of the University of Concepción (Victoria 500).

●  This meeting has the support of Fundación Mar Adentro, University of Concepción, the Chilean Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB), the Laboratory of Anthropocene Studies and the Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability UC (CAPES UC).

The third version of the colloquium “Socio-ecological regeneration in times of change”, organized by the Chilean Society of Socioecology and Ethnoecology (SOSOET), will be held on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 of August at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, University of Concepción from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The meeting, which will bring together researchers, local actors, artists, NGO representatives, communities belonging to indigenous peoples and other civil society actors, seeks to reflect and create a space for dialogue to advance in recognizing the importance of relationships between human beings , non-humans and nature, in this context of environmental and social changes.

Community protection of wetlands with a socio-ecological perspective

The two days contemplate various activities that include research presentations, conferences, project exhibitions, workshops, poetry and conversations. One of the relevant topics of the discussion tables will focus on the restoration and protection of wetland ecosystems throughout the country.

[THU, AUG 3, 3:30 p.m.] Fundación Mar Adentro, as part of the organizations that support the meeting, will hold a discussion titled “Community initiatives to promote the socio-ecological restoration of wetlands: lessons learned from local experiences” , to be held in room 1 of the Faculty of Forest Sciences, University of Concepción (Victoria 500, Concepción).

The instance will bring together local actors who have promoted, for years, the protection of wetlands in three regions of the country, initiatives that address the relevance of community conservation and the local knowledge of women from the Toltén wetlands; the sovereignty of hydrological and water quality data in the context of the water crisis in the Biobío river basin; and the importance of collective memory to prevent natural disasters in coastal wetlands of Coquimbo. These initiatives were also supported by the FMA 2022 grant that finances innovative and transdisciplinary projects that promote the conservation of ecosystems and their biodiversity.
This instance of conversation seeks to expand the collaborative work that these projects have developed in different wetlands of the country and promote the role of community conservation of ecosystems, sharing experiences and life stories of these communities and territories.
The theme was chosen in consideration of “the relevance of the participation and involvement of local communities in the effective conservation of wetland ecosystems, and how sharing these experiences allows amplifying and replicating socio-ecological restoration initiatives to increase the resilience of these communities to the scenario of accelerated global changes”, according to Amerindia Jaramillo, director of Conservation at Fundación Mar Adentro. Likewise, these ecosystems are highly threatened, since in the last 50 years Latin America has lost 59% of its wetlands, and with them part of the functions and benefits they provide to local communities.

INITIATIVES THAT WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE CONVERSATION:

– Project “Conservation, Memory and Heritage in the El Culebrón Wetland”, focused on the work of rescuing the collective memory in relation to the events that affected the Baquedano neighborhood in Coquimbo, located next to the El Culebrón wetland, after the tsunami and earthquake of 8.4 in the Richter scale of the year 2015.

– Initiative “Certification and Network of Participatory Community Monitoring of Water” that created a network of Participatory Community Sampling (MCP) with international validation, through the GWW certification in Biobío. The work contemplated the field training of various organizations in the communes of Penco, Concepción, Laja, los Álamos, Tomé, Hualpén, San Pedro –and soon, Isla Mocha– for the use of the “Kit Alabama Water Watch Lamotte”.

– Project “Local biocultural knowledge at the service of the restoration of wetlands and their contributions”, developed in the coastal wetlands of Toltén, which sought to strengthen leadership skills in women of the community, through the application of agroecological techniques and rescuing local knowledge associated with the care of wetlands.

● Participation open to the community prior registration HERE .