15 th Congress of the International Society for Ecological Economics
10, 11 and 12 September 2018, in the city of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
A bi-lingual congress
Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements: Science, policy and challenges to global processes in a troubled world

Activities Post-Congress

Contact with peasant and indigenous communities

We are organizing two different excursions for people interested in some interactions with communities and projects consistent with the larger mission of ecological economics. While the cost of the tours will be collected during the Congress, we would very much appreciate it if you would indicate your interest in participating these activities so that we can make the necessary logistical arrangements. Capacity is limited in both excursions. Please communicate your interest/commitment to isee2018@correo.xoc.uam.mx.

The first tour is a two-day excursion to the nearby mountainous area of the “Sierra Norte” of Puebla where a relatively large group of indigenous communities have been governing themselves through a number of collectives, involved in all aspects of social life, production, and environmental protection for about four decades.

The Cooperative Tospean Titataniske was originally founded to confront the problem of the affordability of their basic needs; since then it has expanded and now encompasses a broad range of productive and commercial activities in local, regional, and international spheres (http://www.tosepan.com). The tour will be guided by the tourist cooperative that the group has created and offers meals and one-night’s accommodations as well visits to explain some of their history and productive activities. The cost will be approximately US$100.00 per person. (Although the tour is offered in Spanish we anticipate that several bi-lingual people will be participating to facilitate understanding by English speakers.)

The second tour is a very long one-day, two-part, excursion that includes a visit to a village and a very ambitious, successful 25-year long project to rehabilitate a large “paramo” and initiate a quite well-known project to “produce” water. The morning will involve a trip to a peasant community near the Cuicatlan-Tehuacan Biosphere Reserve (San Luis Atolotitlán) where the visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the production of mezcal, a pre-Colombian alcoholic beverage distilled from native agaves or cacti; an important feature of this part of the trip is an introduction to the local activities to ensure the reproduction of the agave and the conservation of the ecosystems, processes that the guide is particularly involved in nationally.

They will be treated to a mid-morning meal and an opportunity for tasting the product. The afternoon will be devoted to visit the very large-scale land reclamation and water “production” process (Agua para Siempre) as well as a visit to the Water Museum, which recounts much of their history; a “late” (Mexican time!) lunch will be served during this part of the visit. The guide will be a bi-lingual biologist who did her work in the region and has long personal ties with the producers. The cost of this trip will be approximately US$75.00/person