The Road to Where? The Struggle for the Future of the Isiboro Secure National Park & Indigenous Territory (TIPNIS)

Jessica Hope, Postgraduate Researcher

Institute of Development, Policy and Management (IDPM), University of Manchester

Joint presentation with the Institute of Latin American Studies

Thursday 25 September at 18:00 for 18:30

The building of a new highway, planned to cut through the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), in lowland Bolivia, has tested the limits of the new MAS state and their plans for extraction, indigenous rights and conservation. The dispute is testing Bolivia’s new constitution, commitments to buen vivir (living well) and its environmentalist stance.  More widely, it raises questions about post-neoliberalism, the power of extractive industry, and the role of conservation in this politics.  This talk is based on data gathered in nine months of fieldwork, primarily interviewing those opposing the road.  In her talk, Jessica Hope will explore how those resisting the road are mobilising their indigenous identity to control the rate and pace of development in the park.