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Drawing on ecosystem services thinking to highlight social interdependencies and foster collective action

Barnaud, Cécile Drawing on ecosystem services thinking to highlight social interdependencies and foster collective action. (2017) In: Resilience 2017: Resilience frontiers for global sustainability, 20 August 2017 - 23 August 2017 (Stockholm, Sweden). (Unpublished)

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Agroecological transition requires socio-technical innovations addressing ecological processes occurring at the farm, but also at the landscape or territorial level. Such innovations imply the coordination of multiple stakeholders through collaboration and collective action. However, a frequent obstacle to the implementation of collective action is that people do not feel interdependent with each other. This communication presents a framework which draws on ecosystem services (ES) thinking to highlight social interdependencies among people and foster collective action in agricultural socioecological systems. This is a collective proposition shared by the members of a research project aimed at articulating ecosystem services and collective action. Collective action in the field of natural resource management generally focuses on the provision and sharing of clearly identified goods such as grasslands, forest products or irrigation water. Compared to the notion of natural resources, the ES notion highlights additional, less visible and more complex benefits such as pollination, insect pest control or water regulation. ES thinking has therefore the potential to reveal implicit social interdependencies 1) among ES beneficiaries, 2) among people contributing to the provision, preservation or degradation of ES, and 3) between them and ES beneficiaries. Highlighting such social interdependencies, the ES notion could therefore help to reflect on, foster and frame collective action in ways that take into account the complex (and fragile) ecological processes underlying human activities and contribute to agroecological transition. In this communication, we first analyze the recent contributions of social sciences in the ES literature. We discuss in particular the challenges and opportunities in connecting the scientific fields of ES and collective action. We then present the framework for analysis and action which explores social interdependencies through the ES lens. We illustrate the proposed framework through case studies related to livestock farming and reforestation in mountainous pastoral areas, and insect pest regulation at the landscape level in a fruit tree production area.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
HAL Id:hal-02868748
ProdINRA Id:406137
Audience (conference):International conference without published proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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