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Reconfiguring Rivers: blending (and clashing) of cultural, ecological, political and economic forces which constitute life … and destruction

April 30, 2007


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an alternative process of learning, of learning not by separating and isolating knowledge, but by awareness of the interaction and interdependency of people and nature, the blending (and clashing) of cultural, ecological, political and economic forces which constitute life … and destruction (TERRA 1995 ).

As a result of these pressures and conflict, some people are advocating a “watershed approach” to managing natural resources. This implies a way of looking at things as a whole, of seeing people and not just the trees but the forest, not just the river but all that creates and diminishes its flow. A watershed approach can be an alternative process of learning, of learning not by separating and isolating knowledge, but by awareness of the interaction and interdependency of people and nature, the blending (and clashing) of cultural, ecological, political and economic forces which constitute life … and destruction. In this sense, the watershed is a unit of analysis or study known as political ecology (TERRA 1995 ).

river words

reconfiguring a river reconfiguring itself

7th floor Loeb March 2004

watershed includes not only the land and the water but also the mountains and forest, the flood plains and valleys, as well as
the communities of plants, animals and people who live there.
of people and nature, the blending (and clashing) of cultural, ecological, political and economic forces which constitute life … and destruction.

a personal geography of a thousand small habits repeated year after year

where modernity meets postmodernity

river instantly reconfigures itself

river instantly reconfigures truth

geisteswissenschaften

naturwissenschaften

The Kich esippi Rideau River is one and the

winds its way for about a 100 miles through the forests and woodlands and rural and urban areas of Eastern Ontario

beginning at Upper Rideau Lake

Rideau River generally flows north

Rideau River hurtles down the Rideau Falls into the Ottawa River

Rideau Canal modified the landscape considerably

Rideau Canal comprises a chain

Rideau River is one and the same as the canal for most of

not be separating and isolating

blending and clashing

within the watersheds of the great rivers are the watersheds of thousands of smaller rivers, streams and lakes each with their own particular character and history

many communities of plants, animals and people along the river watersheds have always lived with the forests and rivers

along the river watershed have

not by separating and isolating

Notes:

1This excerpt from TERRA’s newsletter Watersheds was posted on a blog on September 9, 1995. by Excerpts from Vol 1 No. 1, of Watershed from TERRA (Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance) Burma–Indochina. TERRA is the sister Organization of project for Ecological Recovery (PER), registered together as the Foundation for Ecological Recovery. PER, established in 1986, works to support local communities within Thailand in protecting rivers, forests, land, and livelihoods. In 1991, TERRA was established to focus on issues concerning the natural environment and local communities within the region. TERRA works to support the network of NGOs and people’s organizations in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, encouraging exchange and alliance-building, and drawing on the experience with development and environment issues in Thailand. TERRA’s Objectives: To identify root causes of the ecological crisis and raise public awareness about its threat to the communities, cultures and societies in the region;

Bibliography

© 2007 Maureen Flynn-Burhoe. “Reconfiguring Rivers: blending (and clashing) of cultural, ecological, political and economic forces which constitute life … and destruction.” > Speechless http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddp3qxmz_223dhjwn9 TERRA. 1995. Watersheds. Bangkok, Thailand. Vol. 1. No. 1. http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/reg.burma/archives/199509/msg00053.html


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