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Acosta García, N., Farrell, K., Heikkinen, H., Sarkki, S. (2017) A Teleological Approach to the Wicked Problem of Managing Utría National Park. Environmental Values, 26 (5), 583-605. doi:10.3197/096327117X15002190708128

A teleological approach to the wicked problem of managing Utría national park

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Author: Acosta García, Nicolás1; Farrell, Katharine N.2; Heikkinen, Hannu I.3;
Organizations: 1Cultural Anthropology, University of Oulu
2Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
3University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: White Horse Press, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-02-12


Utría National Park is a remote biodiversity hotspot in Colombia. It encompasses ancestral territories of the Embera indigenous peoples and borders territories of Afro-descendant communities in El Valle. We explore environmental value conflicts regarding the use of the park, describing them as a Wicked Problem that has no clear solution. Juxtaposing how the territory is perceived by different communities, we employ Faber et al.’s heuristic of the three tele of living nature to search for deficiency in the third telos, service, which we take to be symptomatic of Wicked Problems. Based on field data encoded using the three-tele heuristic, concerning how the respective communities would like to use the park area, we find deficiencies in the third telos and develop recommendations regarding how these might be addressed.

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Series: Environmental values
ISSN: 0963-2719
ISSN-E: 1752-7015
ISSN-L: 0963-2719
Volume: 26
Issue: 5
Pages: 583 - 605
DOI: 10.3197/096327117X15002190708128
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 517 Political science
616 Other humanities
Copyright information: © 2017 The White Horse Press. Published in this repository with the kind permision of the publisher.