The Community Involvement area’s objective is to work together with neighboring communities in order to work together with the shared mission to preserve the trail’s heritage. This is where the role of neighboring communities becomes vitally important, as they have the right hand of government entities. And in order to develop strong relationships with communities, it’s first essential to building trust.
A great part of the road system crosses the properties of the farmers. Therefore, the first step is to contact the local collectives. These meetings are held in order to communicate the proposal and make clear on how to affect effect them, and to ask for their feedback. This approach opens a window on dialogue between both parties.
Let us take a closer look at Huanuco Pampa as an example. This is one of the most important archaeological sites of what used to be the Chinchaysuyo. Part of the duties of the Comprehensive Project was to encourage members of the local village to organize, as well as to give employment opportunities. Through this association, the residents carry out a number of activities such as folk dances, ceremonies for Paying Tribute to Mother Earth or the preparation of typical dishes that show the intangible heritage of the area and, at the same time, generate income for their families.
In their eagerness to profit from their resources, it sometimes happens that communities do harm to apsects of our collective cultural heritage. This has led some people to do harmful things, such as illegal excavations, extracting sacred stones to build houses, or to create waste dumps in sacred places.
Given this situation, the National Office of the Qhapaq Ñan began implementing the Comprehensive Projects. This involves joint work including the conservation, research, and joint management with the populations based on the creation of awareness about the use of archaeological sites to improve their quality of life.
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