Leaves and soap, between cultural heritage and mining

Leaves and soap, between cultural heritage and mining

In this space of reflection, previously there has been a concern about the accelerated loss of natural and cultural resources that compose important tourist attractions of the province of Manabita, among them the hills of Hoja and soap. The concern is deepened in this scenario by two significant aspects; First, because an important natural resource is lost at the hands of mining, which is in contrast with the provisions of the Magna Carta in its Art.  balanced that guarantees sustainable development. It shall ensure that this right is not affected and will guarantee the preservation of nature (…) “.

But beyond what the law says, the logic and self-preservation of the human being is put in doubt with the devastating actions for that ecosystem, and that is that the mining activity on the site of interest does not represent a sustainable management model , it does not preserve nature, much less create a healthy environment to live; The explosions, the dust and the noise generated by the machinery and the Volquetas that daily enter and leave the place, significantly affect the desired good living of the local population. Nevertheless, and despite the laws, the mining companies continue to obtain concessions to exploit this natural resource what does the state do? What does the prefecture do? What do local governments do?

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Second, referring to the archaeological richness of these hills, the same Constitution recognizes and weighs the important thing that is for the nation the cultural resource, establishes in Art.  The state will promote and stimulate culture, creation, artistic training and scientific research. Establish permanent policies for the conservation, restoration, protection and respect of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, of the artistic, historical, linguistic and archaeological richness of the nation (…) “and Art. 64, mentions” the goods of the state That integrate the cultural heritage will be inalienable, unseizable and imprescriptible (…) “. It is worth mentioning that part of these hills is protected area, the problem is that only one part is protected and leaves an open door to the continuity of mining, establishing this a extractivist model that sails by interests of small groups, which It does not link the surrounding communities. Creole would be; Usufructúas my land and we have nothing in return.

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Cultural Heritage (INPC), in charge of the archaeological park Cerros de Hojas and soap, have expressed their concern about the possible loss of archaeological vestiges of the area, since the last studies have rebelled the Territorial scope that had the Manteña culture and its influence on this site.

Perhaps with a rebellious mentality, he would boldly call all the Moabites to the uprising, to confiscate and expel them once and for all the quarries, and to preserve the flora, fauna, the patrimony, the ecosystem and the life itself, since it is not an interest in particular, but of a collective benefit, of a moral obligation, a token of respect for our past, for history and culture.


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