Ayni, Ayllu, Yanantin and Chanincha: The Cultural Values Enabling Adaptation to Climate Change in Communities of the Potato Park, in the Peruvian Andes

Rory Walshe, Alejandro Argumedo
2016 GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society  
Rural communities in the Peruvian Andes are already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, further impacts are expected to arrive comparatively early and be particularly damaging for indigen ous communities in the mountains. Therefore there is a pressing need to ensure effective and sustained adaptation is under taken. Rural communities studied in the Potato Park in the Cusco Region of Peru are shown to possess a number of cultural values, in Quechua known as ayni, ayllu, yanantin and
more » ... hanincha. These form the foundation of the community's ability to successfully respond to the challenges presented by climate change. The limited current adaptation strategies and methods not only neglect these values but also undermine and erode them. Future strategies should instead complement, maintain and utilise these values.
doi:10.14512/gaia.25.3.7 fatcat:4k4un3vuuve23ofoocoerdkq2i