Natural Disasters and Development: In a Globalizing World

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different views of the disaster in Cuenca, different scientific knowledges from local or indigenous knowledge have not been useful here, any more than have pre-scientific discourses from the region based on the ancient cosmovision. The capitalist critique attached to the situation of farming scarcely applies in a region where reform has been passed through but land pressures remain. At another level, the views centred on critique of local organizations and their response are a critique of civil society in the region, not of the lack of specific action. This leaves us with little more than the need to adjust to natural forces, and to have recourse to scientific information and modern technology for countering this kind of disaster.

The final assessment regarding La Josefina is that there is no solution which can totally prevent individual catastrophic events. There are, however, actions which could and should be taken for the mitigation of disaster effects. Most responsibility lies with the national government, which could change the context by encouraging rural development and rewarding farmers with better prices and help for conservation, leaving local agencies to concern themselves with disaster relief.


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