Ashley Scott Kelly

SAP: Protected areas in the Peruvian Amazon
Postgraduate research seminar (2012-13)

The University of Hong Kong

Instructors: Ashley Scott Kelly & Adam Bobbette

Course abstract
In collaboration with The South America Project, a research effort spearheaded by Harvard GSD and with a network of institutions in the Americas, this course interrogated environmental conservation and development practices in two developing contexts: Western China and the Andean Amazon. Within the last year, China has become Peru's largest trading partner. Economic growth in Peru, one of the strongest in the world, is primarily supported by its large mineral base, with Chinese investments in its mining expansion up 75% in 2011. This seminar proposes to use this investment as ignition for a transnational study of the local battles between intensive rural development, resource extraction, and environmental conservation in the world's most biodiverse regions. Agricultural reforms in both countries have led to their present complex and unique states of conservation, equity, and definitions of protected areas. The design disciplines here explore the highly physical, formative nature of protected areas (topography, indigenous landholdings, watersheds) and related sciences (biodiversity hotspots, habitat, climate) to re-narrate these conflicts toward productive platforms for scientific, political and public debate.

Settlements along the Carretera IIRSA Norte in the Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area, San Martin, Peru.
Settlements along the Carretera IIRSA Norte in the Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area, San Martin, Peru.
HKU student research team at a meeting with Peru's Ministry of the Environment, Lima.
HKU student research team at a meeting with Peru's Ministry of the Environment, Lima.
Villa El Salvador, a key case study from John Turner's research on incremental housing.
Villa El Salvador, a key case study from John Turner's research on incremental housing.
Shade tree nursery for ACOPAGRO agricultural cooperative that manages the Martin
Sagrado Conservation Concession, Juanhui, San Martin, Peru.
Shade tree nursery for ACOPAGRO agricultural cooperative that manages the Martin Sagrado Conservation Concession, Juanhui, San Martin, Peru.
HKU student research team with ECOAN (NGO) and Conservation International staff at
a nursery outside Alto Mayo Protected Forest, San Martin, Peru.
HKU student research team with ECOAN (NGO) and Conservation International staff at a nursery outside Alto Mayo Protected Forest, San Martin, Peru.
7,000 hectare oil palm plantation, formerly primary forest, on the administrative border
of San Martin and Loreto, Peru.
7,000 hectare oil palm plantation, formerly primary forest, on the administrative border of San Martin and Loreto, Peru.
Deforestation near Dos de Mayo, San Martin, Peru.
Deforestation near Dos de Mayo, San Martin, Peru.
HKU students boarding a boat for a two day journey into the Martin Sagrado Conservation Concession.
HKU students boarding a boat for a two day journey into the Martin Sagrado Conservation Concession.
HKU students with PUR (NGO) at Santa Rosa Botanical Garden, San Martin, Peru.
HKU students with PUR (NGO) at Santa Rosa Botanical Garden, San Martin, Peru.
Students visiting a conservation checkpoint at Martin Sagrado Conservation Concession.
Students visiting a conservation checkpoint at Martin Sagrado Conservation Concession.
Ending point of "bimodal" IIRSA Norte highway at the Port of Yurimaguas on a major tributary of the Amazon River.
Ending point of "bimodal" IIRSA Norte highway at the Port of Yurimaguas on a major tributary of the Amazon River.
By Han Qin.
By Han Qin.
By Jessie Wu Junqing.
By Jessie Wu Junqing.
by Viola Zhang Yucong.
by Viola Zhang Yucong.