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Bolivian Andes: narratives on glacial retreat and migration. Raoul Kaenzig, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 17.07.2013. Case study in the Bolivian andes. RESEARCH. 2 approaches : 1 ) O n narratives How the relation between glacial retreat and migration is framed in the medias?

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Bolivian Andes: narratives on glacial retreat and migration

Raoul Kaenzig, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

17.07.2013

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RESEARCH

  • 2 approaches :
  • 1) On narratives
  • How the relation between glacial retreat and migration is framed in the medias?
  • 2) On mechanisms
  • How glacial retreat may affect the decision to migrate?
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« In Bolivia, Water and Ice tell of climate change » NYT, 2009

“El deshielo empuja la emigración en una comunidad indígena de Bolivia.” CNN Mexico, 2011

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Mechanismsbetweenglacial retreat and migration

Villagerssay: yes!

“My four brothers are gone, they live in the city; because we lack terrain and we lack water. This year there is no water coming down the glacier!” (Khapi, man 32 y.o., 2012)

Experts say: no!

“They are enjoying an extra-amount of water. Until now, they have not experienced out-migration because of this.” (Environmental NGO director, La Paz, 2012).

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Conclusion and further remarks

  • Mediatisation of the villages:
  • Victims VS agency…. A way to adapt?
  • Visual dimension of retreating glaciers has a strong impacts on decisions: migration as an anticipatory adaptive strategy?
  • Importance to consider the temporal dimension; Are they “sitting on a melting bomb?”
  • Moving to vulnerable destinations (cities), and then?
raoul kaenzig@unine ch www unine ch geographie
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www.unine.ch/geographie

Thankyou !

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