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European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

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A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

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New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

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New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

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ERASMUS+ Edu-BioMed News: ICTA-UAB organizes workshops in Jabal Moussa and Shouf Biosphere Reserves (Lebanon) addressed to university...

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ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

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Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

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Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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SEMINAR: “Relational networks and biodiversity management in agroecosystems: which challenges for interdisciplinary research?” by Vanesse Labeyrie

Date: 2019-01-10

Title: “Relational networks and biodiversity management in agroecosystems: which challenges for interdisciplinary research?

Speaker: Vanesse Labeyrie

Moderator: Victoria Reyes- García, ICTA-UAB

Day: Thursday, 10th January 2019
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023


Recent studies estimate that about half of the food calories in the world are produced by small farms in Africa, South-America and Asia, most of which practice low-input agriculture based on biodiversity management. These types of agriculture largely rely on both the access to a diversity of locally adapted biological resources, and to agroecological knowledge concerning their management in time and space. The maintenance, generation and circulation of these resources depends on self-organized relational networks involving farmers as well as a variety of other individual or organizational actors. However, these relational mechanisms driving biodiversity management in small-scale agriculture remain poorly understood, despite they are expected to be pivotal for farmers to deal with the heterogeneity of their environment and to adapt to changes. This talk first reviews the main contributions of relational approaches and social network analysis to the understanding of agrobiodiversity management in small-scale agriculture. It then identifies future perspectives and challenges for interdisciplinary research in this field, at the interface between social sciences, ecology and agronomy. Finally, it discusses how this research could contribute in developing transdisciplinary approaches to support agricultural transitions based on biodiversity management.

I am a researcher at GREEN research unit in CIRAD at Montpellier, working at the interface between agroecology and ethnoecology. My research aims at understanding how rural populations practicing small-scale agricultures in the tropics manage plant diversity within agricultural landscapes to deal with the spatial heterogeneity and temporal variability of their environment. I especially study the social networks involved in the circulation of both biological resources and agroecological knowledge, investigating their impact on plant diversity management and its evolution face to global changes. I expect to contribute in understanding how the characteristics of these networks influences agroecosystems' resilience face to global changes, and which conditions foster the emergence and maintenance of favorable interaction patterns. I currently work on diversified agricultures in Madagascar and Senegal.

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