Globalization and advances in communication and infrastructure have changed the relationships between “rural” and “urban” in developing countries. The desakota model, developed in Asia, highlights the greater interaction and melding among local places and the larger national and international economic system. How well does this model explain recent changes in rural and urban development the Andes of Latin America? This case study of the Fuquene watershed in the Colombian Andes assesses recent demographic, socioeconomic and technological changes and their effects on rural and urban development and on ecosystem services, especially water.
Final Report Desakota, Part II G3. The Fuquene watershed: a Desakota case study from the Andes.