In Peru the pandemic is hitting urban populations hard, deepening profound inequalities and revealing the fragility of public policies. Lack of urban planning and social housing policies result in illnesses, deaths and economic losses. At the same time, social organization, and peasant communities in particular, are teaching a lesson on how to respond and protect themselves.
Millions of extremely poor inhabitants from big cities have returned to their land and birthplace, mostly rural communities in the Andeans. Even so, those communities are showing the lowest infection and death rates. How did they do it? Did they develop innovative, creative and novel strategies to protect themselves? This virtual dialogue will explore the experience of some communities in the Peruvian Andes protecting themselves from their displaced relatives and community members, and show how they are reintegrating them, opening up opportunities for new beginnings.
Liliana Miranda trained as an architect and is the founder and executive director of the ‘Foro ciudades para la vida’ in Peru. She currently works as an urban environmental expert and planner, while simultaneously pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam on metropolitan water governance in Peru. She is also the Coordinator of the Peru work of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and the Former Principal Advisor of the Environmental Commission and Indigenous Communities in the Congress of Peru. Liliana Miranda is the author of 5 books and 12 book chapters, and has contributed to many peer-reviewed journals.
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