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LEGUIZAMON CASTILLO, Yeimmy Rocío. Environmental conflicts and social movements: the case of the Embera-Katío Movement in response to the construction of the Urra Dam (1994-2008). Mem. Soc. [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.39, pp.94-105. ISSN 0122-5197.

This article analyzes how environmental conflicts shed light on the dispute of interests between social actors for the appropriation of nature. since environmentalism, they guide social action to the invention of a new mode of production and development that respect the cultural differences of the inhabitants, as well as promote conservation and active participation of the communities in the sustainable management of resources to ensure everyone equal access to its benefits and a better quality of life. This document studies specifically the history of the mobilization process of the Em-bera-Katío community from the Alto sinu, in resistance to the construction of the hydroelectric project Urra I and Urra II in their territory by identifying their motivations, the interests that converge on their land and the actors who contributed to the development of the mobilization.

Keywords : environmental conflicts; environmentalism; indigenous movement.

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