Biodiversity and local skills
Fondation d’ Entreprise Hermès, 15 February 2011

This call for research proposals is designed to support action research that promotes local practices and expertise for the sustainable management of biodiversity. The call’s objectives are to promote the emergence and strengthen local and global initiatives (e.g. cooperatives, sectors, eco-labeling initiatives, associations, etc.) that facilitate access to global networks for local production, through means that are responsible, humanitarian and respectful of the environment and the needs of present and future generations, based on the recognition of local expertise and know-how. Proposals for action research must show the extent to which they will promote local practices and expertise for sustainable management of biodiversity. For this reason, they should focus on: identifying and characterizing the interfaces between producers and consumers that are most relevant to achieving the aim of linking economic development and biodiversity management; analyzing the most effective processes, rules and practices within these interfaces; analyzing their capabilities to preserve biodiversity; specifying the type of support required for local producers and/or interfaces (or any other local stakeholder in the commercial chain); studying the best conditions for the dissemination of local practices and expertise that are most favorable to reinforcing the resilience of local communities; and determining the conditions of replicability of such schemes to help other communities adapt to the current standards and constraints. Research proposals must be submitted by e-mail by 15 April 2011, at clement.leduc(at)hermes.com. Download the call for research proposals, including further information and format for research proposal presentation [pdf] …

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