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  • Community Needs & Resources Maps: A Guide

    This is a guide to develop community needs and resource maps. The Report discusses four phases of resource mapping: getting people to voice their needs; drawing up a first list of needs and risks; field visits; and establishing a local committee and formulating the area plan. The authors emphasize the necessity to find ways of preserving the local cultural heritage as an important source of knowledge.

    Sistematización del uso de la tierra en viviendas de interés social

    The popularity of earth constructions lies in its low cost, possibility of self-construction, easy access to materials and good insulation. The use and development of adobe and tapial construction techniques were based to a great extent on empirism whose results showed many deficiencies in their application, mainly vulnerability to humidity and insecurity in the seismic zones. The objective of this book is to study the aspects related to the normativity in adobe construction and to provide a ...

    Biodiversity, local development and the financial crisis: an interview with Vandana Shiva

    In this interview Vandana Shiva addresses the financial and economic crisis, maintaining that it is only strong local economies and decentralized cooperation networks- as opposed to globalized economies - that can effectively deal with the financial crisis as well as the climate and food crisis. In this respect, protection of biodiversity and local agriculture, promotion of organic farming and local knowledge are crucial factors for sustainable local development and women’s empowerment. Shiva...

    Innovación Tecnológica y Sistemas Productivos Locales (SPL)

    This work try to emphasize the importance of the renovation of the LPS - particularly in Europe and the role they have carried out in the last quarter of century in a context of deep productive, technological, commercial and financial changes. After introducing an outline of the LPS concept that is used in the work, in the first part the author presents the main transformations derived from the Fordist crisis and analyses the evolution of the SPL from the crisis of the traditional regions. Th...

    Reivindicamos el concepto de género

    This article illustrates the semantic and political implications of suppressing the use of the term gender in the title of a law. The Real Academia Española proposed that the word gender, in the Spanish language, does not have the cultural significance necessary for its use, making the term gender-based violence grammatically incorrect. Instead, the REA proposes the term domestic violence, which functions as a linguistic cover up of the different forms of violence against women, given that do...
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