(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1991)

Document title

The use and conservation of natural resources in the Andes of southern Ecuador in Proceedings of the Conference on the transformation of mountain environments (TOME), part two.

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The Paute watershed in the southern provinces of Canar and Azuay has serious problems of soil erosion. Siltation threatens the large hydroelectric project downstream which supplies 65 percent of Ecuador's power. In the higher part of this watershed, land in bunch grass cover, rather than turned into agricultural fields, can be used by the alpaca. In 1985, alpaca breeding stock was introduced to Ecuador from Chile| trials with these animals since then have shown that this form of livestock can lessen soil erosion at the same time it yields a marketable product in its fine wool. Conservation practices will be successful only if they enhance livelihoods of the people involved. - (DWG)


Article of periodic

published at : Mountain research and development / ISSN 0276-4741

Editor : United Nations University, Tokyo - JAPON (1981)

Millesime : 1991, vol. 11, no1 [pp. 37-55]

Bibliographic references : 78 réf.



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