The National Parks Administration (APN) reported this Friday that left “without effect” resolution 438 established this Thursday, which declared the Lanín Volcano as a “Mapuche Sacred Natural Site”. He also announced that he will convene “in the next few days the body’s board of directors in order to form a participatory dialogue table with the province of Neuquén and the original communities“. In this way, the portfolio dependent on the Ministry of the Environment anticipated its intention to work “jointly on a new resolution that contemplates the federal spirit“.
The Governor of the Province of Neuquén, Omar Gutierrezwas the main opponent of the APN’s decision, and shortly after learning of the repealed resolution, he assured that he would initiate “the corresponding administrative and legal actions” since he considered that “it is an illegitimate act because the volcano belongs to all the people of Neuquén”. In a statement he made via Twitter, the Neuquén president described the resolution as “an outrage against the provincial autonomies, another act of centralism and interference.”
“The Lanín is a symbol of Neuquén identity and belongs to all Neuquén men and women”attacked Gutiérrez, and continued: “it is part of our geography and cultural identity and it is in our provincial shield, the provincial anthem and our flag”, the provincial president highlighted this Thursday, against the resolution that benefited the Mapuche communities pre-existing to the conformation of the provinces of the Argentine State.
Meanwhile, the body of National Parks released a statement this Friday in which it reported its rectification, and expressed its “intent to continue with a joint management and participatory processesby way of federalwith all jurisdictions where a national park is located”.
“It is important to maintain, together with the province of Neuquén, the decision-making processes that involve aspects of said protected area, taking into account that for decades the province has maintained a respectful and harmonious relationship with the native communities,” concluded the APN.
What did the resolution say?
The decision made by the National Parks Administration determined that a joint working mechanism should be created with the Mapuche People for the elaboration of a Management Plan for the Sacred Natural Site Lanín-Pijan Mawiza Volcano.
According to the resolution, the joint management plan It should be defined together with the Mapuche People, in terms of the criteria of use and zoning, the modalities of intercultural management of the site, and the allocation of the necessary resources for the fulfillment of the present.
In addition, it indicated that part of the APN’s policy was to recognize “sacred places as a conservation value for the communities and for the protected area, and especially the Lanín Volcano as one of them,” and explained that the declaration as sacred natural site responded to a request from the Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén.
When the decision of the APN was known, the Neuquén Mapuche Confederation had celebrated the recognition of the sacred place as a form of protect you from “human behavior”which is “having dramatically negative effects on the planet’s diversity of lives, languages, belief systems, traditional values, and rich cultural diversity.”
“The values of the Pijañ Mawiza are related to our way of life, of those of us who have always lived with it and the ecosystem it feeds; it is linked to the Mapuche national identity and is necessary for important ceremonial and religious purposes“, said the original community.