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Biodiversity and local knowledge

Call for submissions 2013-14

The Fondation d'entreprise Hermès continues to demonstrate its commitment to local knowledge and biodiversity by launching a second call for scientific action research projects. In continuation of the theme of its previous call, the aim is to study the importance of expertise in the 21st century for the purposes of biodiversity enhancement in the context of globalized markets.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Biodiversity and local knowledge
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Production activities have a major impact on ecosystems and biodiversity, the roles of which are of fundamental importance due to the natural resources, services and inspiration they provide. While advocacy intervention and action have targeted the issue, the balance of power remains unequal.

In line with its commitments, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès focuses its activities on enhancing the adaptation and resilience capacity of production methods that implement local knowledge, in a context of global economic trends that encourage the standardization of practices, economies of scale and homogenization. The challenge is to understand the impact of norms and standards, as well as that of the mechanisms that allow local production to maintain its specificities, which are crucial for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.

In the second half of July, a scientific committee will evaluate letters of intent and then issue requests for the submission of full dossiers from the organizations concerned. On 7th November 2013, three projects will be selected and supported with funds amounting to €140,000 each. For a period of two years, teams will be responsible for the identification of processes and actors that are involved in the building of new relationships between biodiversity, local knowledge and markets.
The Fondation is supported by IDDRI for the scientific monitoring of the selected projects.

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Valérie Boisvert, economist at the IRD,
Hélène Ilbert, research professor at the Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier
Pascale Maizi, associate professor of anthropology at the Centre National d’Etudes Agronomiques des Régions Chaudes (CNEARC),
Bernard Roussel, ethnobotanist and professor at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle,
Anne-Catherine Trépagne, head of projects Hermès International