Co-management of Natural Resources across Radical Differences : Case Study of the Yshiro (Paraguay)

Previous IDRC-funded research, as well as the relevant literature, indicates that effective participation of Aboriginal communities in co-management of natural resources is in part hindered by radical (ontological) differences in perception of the what, why and how of co-management. These differences occur not only between the dominant society and aboriginals, but also between factions within the aboriginal group itself. Building on previous research carried out among the Yshiro, researchers will develop a set of tools aimed at identifying when radical differences are at play; making these differences visible and understandable to the parties involved; and guiding negotiations across these differences. The project is a collaboration between the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Aboriginal Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a group of Yshiro communities represented by the Unión de las Comunidades Indígenas de la Nación Yshir (UCINY), Paraguay. Although the focus of the project is the Yshiro communities, a component will be carried out with the Innu nation of Labrador and the Inuit Nunatsiavut government. The three cases combined will thus allow for generalization and scaling up of the research results in the form of a set of techniques and guidelines that will be circulated in a variety of formats.

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Start Date

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Marchetti, Loredana

Total funding

CA$ 100,400


Canada, North and Central America, Paraguay, South America


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Mario Blaser


Memorial University of Newfoundland

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