Sustainability, Livelihood, and Community Mobilization in the Ajusco “Ecological Reserve”

Keith Pezzoli

in Livable Cities?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230248
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935976 | DOI:
Sustainability, Livelihood, and Community Mobilization in the Ajusco “Ecological Reserve”

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This chapter concentrates on the colonias ecológicas productivas (CEP) movement that sheds light on the political dynamics of community struggles for life space and livelihood and the challenges involved in trying to integrate these struggles with strategies that enhance sustainability. The mobilization of Bosques del Pedregal makes clear how much community success depends on the ability to engage the capabilities of relevant state agencies. The CEP movement suggested programs and strategies for approaching sustainability, but its proponents did not get the support they needed from the state. Examining the twists and turns that mark the struggles of the families of Los Belvederes to combine livelihood and sustainability in Ajusco generates a new appreciation for the need for an interdisciplinary approach to planning that builds into itself a strategic emphasis on social experimentation, feedback loops, social learning, and continuous improvement.

Keywords: colonias ecológicas productivas; Bosques del Pedregal; livelihood; sustainability; community mobilization; Los Belvederes; political dynamics

Chapter.  10781 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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