L'Observatoire Agricole de la Biodiversité. Vers un ré-ancrage des pratiques dans leur milieu

Abstract : Created in 2010 under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture, the “Agricultural Biodiversity Observatory” (ABO) carries out biodiversity monitoring in agricultural areas whose data are provided by a network of volunteer farmers. It stems from the convergence between a farming world seeking to take over leadership on environmental issues, a concept of biodiversity now redesigned in its functional dimension, and the booming of participatory ecology. This article analyzes the local appropriation of this “citizen science” program. Participating in the ABO enables the agricultural sector to position itself vis-à-vis environmental issues. It helps farmers re-establish experiences of nature and its processes as well as expertize the state of their farmland. It also supports the reconfiguration of professional relations, especially between farmers and extension services. The ABO helps farmers re-anchor farming practices in the environment. This is particularly opportune at this moment when agricultural paradigms are moving from artificialization to the stewardship of nature.
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Suzie Deschamps, Elise Demeulenaere. L'Observatoire Agricole de la Biodiversité. Vers un ré-ancrage des pratiques dans leur milieu. Etudes rurales, EHESS, 2015, Les mondes des inventaires naturalistes, 195 (2015/1), pp.109-126. ⟨http://www.editions.ehess.fr/revues/etudes-rurales/⟩. ⟨hal-01211460⟩

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