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The Regional Environmental Change Journal presents a Special Issue on "Resilience in the rural Andes”. This SI presents current advances in resilience science and practice in an important high-mountain region.
Special Issue "Resilience in the rural Andes: Critical dynamics, constraints and emerging opportunities" (2016)
Número especial “Resiliencia en los Andes rurales: Dinámicas críticas, limitaciones y opportunidades emergentes” (2016)
Regional Environmental Change Journal
Guest Editors: Diana Sietz and Giuseppe Feola
Abstract: The Andes present an ideal learning space to draw lessons on existing and emerging resilience challenges and opportunities. Andean people and societies have co-evolved with the unique high-mountain contexts in which they live, sometimes in altitudes of more than 3800 m. Although historical achievements including irrigation systems, domestication of cameloids (llama and alpaca) and crop preservation techniques facilitated the development of ancient civilisations in the Andes, modern Andean people face serious challenges in achieving food security and wellbeing. This Special Issue aims to improve our understanding of the key dynamics of socio-ecological systems that constrain or foster resilience in the rural Andes. It comprises six papers that investigate three core features of resilience in a variety of socio-ecological systems: diversity, connectivity and development models. The novel insights into resilience dynamics include specific features related to the high-mountain contexts and socio-political tensions in the Andes. Future research can build on this knowledge to further not only resilience theory but also methodological approaches which reflect both case-specific and generic complexity.