Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography.

On a recent article on Environmental Values, an international peer-reviewed journal from White Horse Press, about philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, geography, anthropology and ecology authors Nicolás Acosta García, Katharine Farrell, Hannu Heikkinen and Simo Sarkki focused on the remote biodiversity hotspot of Utría National Park in Colombia.

The Park encompasses ancestral territories of the Embera indigenous peoples and borders territories of Afro-descendant communities in El Valle.

The authors explore environmental value conflicts regarding the use of the park, describing them as a Wicked Problem that has no clear solution. Juxtaposing how the territory is perceived by different communities, they employ Faber et al.’s heuristic of the three tele of living nature to search for deficiency in the third telos, service, which we take to be symptomatic of Wicked Problems.

Based on field data encoded using the three-tele heuristic, concerning how the respective communities would like to use the park area, they identify deficiencies in the third telos and develop recommendations regarding how these might be addressed.

Full article: A Teleological Approach to the Wicked Problem of Managing Utría National Park . Authors: Acosta García, Nicolás; Farrell, Katharine N.; Heikkinen, Hannu I.; Sarkki, SimoSource: Environmental Values, Volume 26, Number 5, October 2017, pp. 583-605(23)

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