Naturally NOMADS, the YURTA's leading project, is our constant effort at the global level to gain direct knowledge of the last indigenous communities of nomadic tradition in their homelands. Naturally NOMADS was born from the belief that nomadic lifestyles are exemplary in their ways of managing high-value fragile ecosystems and that this knowledge can serve as an effective tool to develop initiatives addressed to combat the adverse effects of climate change, environmental degradation and loss of cultural biodiversity.
Mobile indigenous communities included in this project are grouped as inhabitating 5 types of dominant landscapes, which decisively determine their lives and condition them socio-economically.
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The project is developed through regional campaigns taking into account the following working areas and priority zones:
2. Monsoon Asia
3. High Asia
4. Inner Asia
5. Arctic/Subarctic Eurasia
6. Mountain western Asia
7. Middle East
8. Mediterranean/East Europe
10. West Africa savanna
11. East Africa savanna
12. Congo basin
13. Southern Africa
14. Patagonia-Tierra de Fuego
15. Gran Chaco
16. Andean region
17. Amazonian basin
18. Great plains
19. Subarctic N. America
20. Arctic N. America
Working Areas are basically extensive biocultural ecoregions that share similar climates and landscapes and where interrelated native communities have developed for centuries.
Priority Zones are large natural spaces that contain climatically complementary biocultural ecoregions with great richness in biodiversity, great environmental value or high landscape variety and high concentration of indigenous populations
The objectives of the on-field campaigns is to gain direct knowledge of the nomadic-tradition communities by biocultural areas so that it helps us to understand the relations native inhabitants keep with their ecosystems and social contexts. But in practical terms it materializes in recording documents such as photographies, videos and texts containing the written, visual and aural information for each visited community, which will be completed with data extracted from other authorized sources. Then, with all the collected data, we will elaborate the following outputs:
- A regional report for each completed working area considering the five abovementioned types of landscape adaptation
- A global report composed of all the completed working areas (ideally 20), or at least 6 zonal reports for the designed priority zones.
- A short documentary (20 min.) for each completed working area (ideally 20), or at least six documentaries (1 hour) for each one of the 5 types of dominating landscapes where these communities live.
Photographies, films and written documents, together with the artworks produced between on-field campaigns and the handicraft collected from the communities, will be used to develop the other two YURTA projects:
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