Paraguay and Peru: Political, Social and Environmental Issues


Karla Santiago (Editor)

Series: Latin American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL057000

Chapter One examines natural resource management during the settlement and construction of Spanish Peru’s capital city from 1535-1625. Chapter Two discusses how the upstream Pampas basin (Huancavelica) was socially constructed as a water-abundant region to justify building a diversion canal that would conduct water to fulfill the increasing water need for agro exporting Ica. Chapter Three analyzes, from technical and environmental points of view, how the biodiesel and bioethanol production can improve environmental indicators of Peru in comparison with those derived of the use of oil-based products. Chapter Four discusses the reasons and scale of deforestation in both of Paraguay’s very divergent vegetative regions: Eastern Paraguay and the Chaco. Chapter Five analyzes the online practices (through Facebook) of local governments in Paraguay, and to examine the factors that influence these practices. Chapter six covers the current socio-economic reality of Paraguay by sharing valuable information and real life examples that were experienced in the ground by the author over the last year. The final chapter discusses Paraguay’s possible futures, considering authoritarian rule has been the norm throughout Paraguay’s 207 years of independent history. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Building the City of Kings: Environmental Consciousness and the Construction of Colonial Lima, Peru, 1535-1625
Kathleen M. Kole de Peralta, PhD (Department of History, Idaho State University, Pocatello, USA

Chapter 2. Makers of Waterscapes: Water Abundance, Discourses and the Market in the Ica and Pampas Basins, Peru
Patricia Urteaga-Crovetto, PhD (Law Department, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, Peru)

Chapter 3. The Environmental Aspects of Bioenergy Production in Peru (pp.61-96)
Juan Camilo Solarte Toro and Carlos Ariel Cardona Alzate, PhD (Institute of Biotechnology and Agroindustry, Department of Chemical Engineering, National University of Colombia, Manizales campus, Manizales, Colombia)

Chapter 4. Paraguay’s Dramatic Land-Use Change in the 20th Century: Concerning Massive Deforestation and Crawling Reforestation
Julia Szulecka, PhD (TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Chapter 5. Citizen Participation in the Local Governments of Paraguay through Social Networking Sites
Juana Alonso-Cañadas, Alejandro Sáez-Martín and Carmen Caba-Perez (University of Almería, Almería, Spain)

Chapter 6. Paraguay: Where Corruption and Poverty Hamper Development
Peter Marko Tase (Latin American Studies Advisor at the Council of Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), Washington, D.C., USA)

Chapter 7. Assessing Paraguay’s Possible Futures
Roberto Codas (DESA, Asuncion, Paraguay)


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