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• Methodology and Conceptual Frameworks for Territorial Inclusive Development in Highlands

Session organizers: Marie Houdart, Sylvie Cournut, Jean-François Tourrand

Location: Mende

“Territory Approach” has just recently become a key-word for the European Community, although several research teams from different countries had already been using it for a long time to analyse socio-ecosystems and the ways in which the human dimension and natural resources are strongly interconnected, particularly in Latin and Mediterranean areas. Moreover, the concept of “territory” or “localality” is usually used in contrast to the term “global”, as global and territorial are systematically two opposite faces of the same reality.

The session Methodology and Conceptual Frameworks for Territorial Inclusive Development in Highlands will focus on the complementarities between “global” and “local”, especially the way in which the territory scale mitigates the global change impact and strengthens its effects. The session will thus focus on providing methods that allow us to describe, to understand and to model the roles and functions of territory in sustainable and inclusive rural development, in order to stimulate and encourage the innovative capacity of local populations and to suggest adapted policies and collective actions. This session will deal with specific cases of rural territories with regards to territorial inclusive development. The contributions, in the field of animal science, agronomy, economy, geography and social sciences, will deal with:

  • participatory tools to better integrate local knowledge and scientific expertise, especially to draft the long-term history of each territory and to build scenarios for the future,
  • interactive interviews with local stakeholders directly involved, or not, in territorial development,
  • and comparative analysis between the European case studies, and also the international ones.

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