publication . Article . 2013

The System Nobody Sees: Irrigated Wetland Management and Alpaca Herding in the Peruvian Andes

Verzijl, A.; Guerrero Quispe, S.;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2013 Journal: Mountain Research and Development, volume 33, page 280 (issn: 0276-4741, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: International Mountain Society (IMS) and United Nations University
  • Country: Netherlands
Increasingly, attention in regional, national, and international water governance arenas has focused on high-altitude wetlands. However, existing local water management practices in these wetlands are often overlooked. This article looks at the irrigation activities of alpaca herders in the community of Ccarhuancho in the Central Andes of Peru. For more than two centuries, they have been constructing small-scale irrigation canals to maintain and expand the local wetlands, called bofedales. The seminomadic character of alpaca herders complicates irrigated wetland activities, such as operation and maintenance. Climate change and human and animal population pressur...
free text keywords: Development, General Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, Geology, International waters, Netting, Herding, Environmental protection, Corporate governance, Pastoralism, Irrigation, Wetland, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Climate change, high-altitude wetlands, climate-change, water, resources, services, region
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publication . Article . 2013

The System Nobody Sees: Irrigated Wetland Management and Alpaca Herding in the Peruvian Andes

Verzijl, A.; Guerrero Quispe, S.;