Field Environmental Philosophy and Biocultural Conservation: The Omora Ethnobotanical Park Educational Program

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This article discusses the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve's Omora Ethnobotanical Park educational program which was launched to contribute to a biocultural citizenship.

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Rozzi, Ricardo, 1960-

University of North Texas; Universidad de Magallanes; Parque Etnobotánico Omora

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Arango, Ximena

Parque Etnobotánico Omora

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Massardo, Francisca

Parque Etnobotánico Omora

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Anderson, Christopher B.

Parque Etnobotánico Omora

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Heidinger, Kurt

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Moses, Kelli

University of North Texas

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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
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This article discusses the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve's Omora Ethnobotanical Park educational program which was launched to contribute to a biocultural citizenship.

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Abstract: Habitats (where we live), habits (how we live), and inhabitants (who we are) constitute an ecosystem unit. The biosphere is composed of a reticulate mosaic of these habitat-habit-inhabitant units, where humans (with their indigenous languages, ecological knowledge, and practices) have coevolved. Today, these diverse ecosystem units are being violently destroyed by the imposition of a single global colonial cultural model. In Cape Horn at the southern end of the Americas, educators, authorities, and decision makers do not know about the native habitats, language, and flora, and do not distinguish between Cape Horn's flora and the flora that grows in other parts of the country or the world. In contrast, indigenous people and old residents have a detailed knowledge, but they do not participate in education, and decision making. It is not Homo Sapiens in general, but bioculturally biased educators, authorities, and decision makers who need to be transformed into (educated and responsible) members and citizen of biocultural communities. The Omora Ethnobotanical Park educational program was launched to contribute to a biocultural citizenship involving three critical steps: (1) the disclosing of biocultural diversity with a "fine filter" approach that permits understanding of the cultural and ecological diversity hidden by general universal labels; (2) direct "face-to-face" encounters with human and nonhuman co-inhabitants; and (3) actions for protection of habitats and implementation of interpretative spaces that facilitate direct encounters and conservation of biocultural diversity. These steps have been implemented at local and regional scales through the creation of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park and the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.

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Keyword(s): habitats | biocultural conservation | environmental ethics | Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve
Source: Environmental Ethics, 2008, Denton: University of North Texas, pp. 325-336
Alternate Title: Filosofía Ambiental de Campo y Conservación Biocultural: El Programa Educativo del Parque Etnobotánico Omora
Series Title: Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program
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Relation (Has Translation): Filosofía Ambiental de Campo y Conservación Biocultural: El Programa Educativo del Parque Etnobotánico Omora, ark:/67531/metadc102297
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Publication Title: Environmental Ethics
Volume: 30
Issue: 3
Page Start: 325
Page End: 336
Peer Reviewed: Yes