Case Study

Kincentric Ecology

Taking care of the land, and being cared for by the land

Partners Involved: The Raramuri
Type of Partnership: Indigenous
Partnership Models: Nourisher, Regenerator

Indigenous people view themselves and nature as part of an ecological family with shared origins.  The concept of Kincentric ecology, or or iwigara, are at the heart of Raramuri land management philosophy where methods of land use were developed to adhere to a Kincentric understanding.

The use of plants for healing and for food offers a relationships in which the Raramuri view themselves as participants in the natural community, where they participate by caretaking through practices such as transplanting edible green to corn and bean fields. This makes the greens become easily available for the people, while becoming more abundant through the cultivation and irrigation that occurs alongside the corn and beans.

Therefore, caretaking in Kincentric ecology is a method of using the land while enhancing it, and it ‘s understood that a person who harms the natural world also harms himself.

SDGs Targeted: SDG 2 on Zero Hunger, SDG 15 on Life on Land

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Case Study

Kincentric Ecology

Taking care of the land, and being cared for by the land

Partners Involved: The Raramuri
Type of Partnership: Indigenous
Partnership Models: Nourisher, Regenerator

Indigenous people view themselves and nature as part of an ecological family with shared origins.  The concept of Kincentric ecology, or or iwigara, are at the heart of Raramuri land management philosophy where methods of land use were developed to adhere to a Kincentric understanding.

The use of plants for healing and for food offers a relationships in which the Raramuri view themselves as participants in the natural community, where they participate by caretaking through practices such as transplanting edible green to corn and bean fields. This makes the greens become easily available for the people, while becoming more abundant through the cultivation and irrigation that occurs alongside the corn and beans.

Therefore, caretaking in Kincentric ecology is a method of using the land while enhancing it, and it ‘s understood that a person who harms the natural world also harms himself.

SDGs Targeted: SDG 2 on Zero Hunger, SDG 15 on Life on Land

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