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Revista pueblos y fronteras digital

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TRUJILLO DIAZ, Ana Gabriela; CRUZ MORALES, Juana; GARCIA BARRIOS, Luis E.  y  PAT FERNANDEZ, Lucio. Peasants without an Agrarian Resolution: The Difficult Construction of Environmental Governance in a Protected Natural Area of Chiapas, Mexico. Rev. pueblos front. digit. [online]. 2018, vol.13, e335. ISSN 1870-4115.

Throughout the years, protected natural areas have been gaining increasing importance as a tool through which international organizations can preserve ecosystems. However, some of these protected areas are often established in previously inhabited territories. This study addresses the implications of the decree creating the Biosphere Reserve La Sepultura, above of Los Laureles. Using a diachronic qualitative methodology applied to a case study and life histories, it was found that the area’s lag in agricultural development together with the preservation decree led the agricultural and environmental authorities to classify this location as an irregular settlement. For this reason, government programs were cancelled and conflicts emerged between inhabitants. These factors had a determining influence on the agricultural, social and economic-productive dynamics since they pushed the population towards marginalization and exclusion. These groups, in their struggle to remain in their territory act above all in agreement with the environmental governance issuing from the decree defining their territory as a Protected Natural Area.

Palabras llave : conflict; territory; biosphere reserve; peasant strategies; land tenure.

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