REREADING. Josefina and the Water Springs against Pine Plantations in Ecuador’s Páramos


In this bulletin, focused on the violence that the so-called ‘green economy’ represents for Indigenous Peoples and peasant communities, we remember an interview with Josephina Lema, member of the Otavalo people of the Kichwa (Quechua) nation.

Her community was one of the many in Ecuador where FACE Foundation established pine plantations to sell offset carbon credits. These communities felt many devastating impacts. However, as Josphina said, “Mother Earth tuned against the pine plantations”, as two fires consumed many hectares of the monocultures. The community could then start to recover their sacred water springs and land.