Decolonisation and the Munduruku Protocol: It’s time to listen and to respect

International conventions, in particular the International Labor Organisation Convention 169 (ILO169), establish that local communities should be consulted when a planned project will affect their territory. Consultation with indigenous peoples, as written in Article 6, should be undertaken through appropriate procedures, in good faith, and through the representative institutions of these peoples. This statement is followed by the article … Continue reading Decolonisation and the Munduruku Protocol: It’s time to listen and to respect

Lessons from the Collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939)

After almost eight decades the story of the collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the time of the Spanish Civil War emerges as highly insightful given today's context of European crisis and the parallel worldwide trend towards re-municipalisation of water management. * The changes that Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal underwent since it was renamed and lost … Continue reading Lessons from the Collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939)

Making ourselves indigenous: on conservation ethics and the commons

by Stefania Barca* Last October, the journal Environmental History published a special section to commemorate 50 years of the USA Wilderness Protection Act (3 September 1964), and organized an online forum with commentaries by seven scholars. Though not an expert in the history of natural parks, I welcomed this opportunity to discuss some key ideas … Continue reading Making ourselves indigenous: on conservation ethics and the commons

Archival research: a little story behind a picture

by Santiago Gorostiza Langa In the outskirts of a Catalan city, inside an anonymous industrial warehouse, one can find hundreds of treasures. Their owner, the largest electric utility company of Spain, didn't take the time to put its name outside the building, but instead contracted a security service to take care of it. Maybe that's because a … Continue reading Archival research: a little story behind a picture