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Asociación ANDES
Calle Saqsayhuaman H-9, Urb. Manuel Prado
Casilla Postal Nº 567, Cusco - Peru
Tel: 51-84-245021
History

ANDES began in 1995 as a volunteer organization working in development and conservation projects with indigenous communities near Cuzco, Peru. Based on ideas of participation in international flora, the ANDES team hoped to work in in-situ conservation of Andean crops, such as the native potato. Several indigenous communities that depend on potato for sustenance were contacted, as well as, a university researcher specialized in potato varieties. One of the first international financing that ANDES received focused on biodiversity and development in the establishment of a network of indigenous communities. Therefore international contacts and connections were important for the work to come.

The ANDES team wanted to conserve and promote the Andean culture, artistic expressions, the language and the cosmovision and combine it with our interest in biological resources and the traditional knowledge associated with it. This led to the integration of these themes in holistic conservation programs of diversity of biological resources and the alleviation of poverty. Our connection with indigenous communities where ANDES started to work with these projects influenced the direction for future projects. ANDES hired community technicians which helped to develop the trust and cooperation within and among the communities and to set the direction for the future. For example, the repatriation of native potato varieties from the International Potato Center progressed because of the great interest in the communities to recover their rights to their own resources.

 The idea of doing conservation in-situ started to evolve through the amalgamation of various work themes, the cooperation and contribution of a group of six indigenous communities near Pisac, and the influence received from our participation in international conferences on conservation and indigenous rights. We started dreaming of creating an area of conservation managed by communities for the protection of the biocultural heritage of indigenous communities. We developed a work plan and currently the first of these areas, The Potato Park, is underway. Other areas are in different stages of implementation.




3005-2017 Papa Watay
2803-2017 20 Wata Hunt'ay ANDES
0505-2016 Biocultural Festival and Concert
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Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy
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IIED - International Institute for the Environment and Development
IPCCA
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Oxfam Novib
Asociación ANDES
Calle Saqsayhuaman H-9, Urb. Manuel Prado
Casilla Postal Nº 567, Cusco - Peru
Tel: 51-84-245021
© Asociación ANDES 2013
diseño gráfico: Gissel Enriquez