Working with local communities for conservation: the model of Habitat Humanitas in Argentina
November 4, 2020 | 11 AM - 12 PM Eastern Time
Zoom Link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/94610796573
Meeting ID: 946 1079 6573
About Anne Bazan
Anne’s career as an Architect, Interior Designer, with a post graduate degree in Renewable Energy and Sustainability has taken her to many beautiful places around the world for high-end residential projects. These incredible places, with unique views and landscape, were also the home of communities living in extreme poverty. Her interest in the way people live, how they live, where they live, all the aspects of their lives, and in the situation of being caught in a poverty trap, drove her to develop the ‘habitat humanitas model’, with a holistic approach, being introduced in a few rural communities beside nature reserves in Argentina since 2016.
About Habitat Humanitas model
When I think of conservation, I think of areas with complete ecosystems, exploding with beauty and nature at its maximum expression. Why don’t we see the same perfection and well-being, in the communities around these areas. What’s missing? Which are the many things that are missing? How can local communities around nature reserves get free from their poverty trap. How can these communities turn into rural developed communities, how can they thrive from conservation to achieve long term sustainability and receive meaningful benefits from it. This is no recipe, this is a model that must be adapted from place to place, but the one thing they all share is the following quote:
“Ultimately conservation is about people. If you don’t have sustainable development around wildlife parks – then the people will have no interest in them and the parks will not survive.”
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