- Category: BioculturalTerritories
- Published on Monday, 02 May 2011 12:11
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The Potato Park is an Indigenous Biocultural Territory in Pisaq, Cusco, Peru, and a locally managed approach to conservation of agro-biodiversity celebrating the tremendous diversity of native potatoes found in the area. The six Quechua communities of Sacaca, Chawaytire, Pampallaqta, Paru Paru, Amaru y Percca de Cuyo Grande, with technical assistance from Asociación ANDES formed the Potato Park in 1998, with the park receiving legal recognition in 2004.
The park is situated in a micro centre of origin and diversity of potatoes, which are profoundly rooted in the local food systems of Quechua communities. The hundreds of varieties of native potato, related ancestral knowledge and techniques, and other Andean crops are promoted and protected within the Biocultural Territory model, and provide the basis for sustainable livelihood and food sovereignty strategies as well as the protection of indigenous peoples rights to land, resources and knowledge.
The communities of the Potato Park collectively implement and manage all activities in the park to promote sumaq kausay, based on Andean principles of equity, reciprocity and balance. The programs operating in the park include an agro-ecotourism program with possibilities for trekking and homestay tourism; a restaurant specializing in dishes based on local ingredients; a medicinal plants collective which makes natural medicines, teas, soaps and shampoos; a women’s video collective which documents the biocultural diversity of the park; a craft collective which makes and sells ceramics, jewelry and weaving made from local materials and natural dyes; and a group of local guides trained in interpretation of the rich local biological and cultural diversity.
The Potato Park is involved in innovative approaches to the promotion of indigenous peoples rights, having signed an agreement with the International Potato Centre to repatriate hundreds of varieties of native potatoes, an agreement to send potato botanical seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, and managing a data base of local resources and knowledge. In addition, the Potato Park is involved in an international climate change assessment program. In that program the park is exploring issues related to adaption and mitigation with respect to the impacts of climate change related to the native potato and the bio-cultural system of the Park.
For more information, please see www.parquedelapapa.org