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Territory As A Catalyst For Agroecological Transition

Abstract : Considered as places of learning and innovation, and a site for alternative and integrated governance of food systems, territories are often quoted as playing a facilitating role in agroecological transitions (place-based approach). We tested this hypothesis by analyzing the territorial governance of the agroecological transition in the Pilat Regional Natural Park, through the prism of adaptive governance. Agroecology enjoys strong support in this area from the public authorities, but also within the numerous initiatives undertaken by citizens, farmers, companies, institutions and NGOs. All those different stakeholders, however, have a different approach. Our analysis of the resources and networks that supported the development of agroecological projets has revealed a long-term learning process within agricultural and citizen networks, closely linked to the above level, regional environment. The Regional Natural Park, both in its role as an institution bridging European, national and regional politics and as a facilitator in the agroecological transition, is also involved in a process of adaptation regarding its role and posture in a changing political environment and in light of the new learning approaches suggested by agroecology. Thus, the Pilat area can be seen as a learning community. Nevertheless, socio-economic factors remain decisive: while the transition is well underway in the breeding sector, progress is much slower in the fruit and wine sectors. So, the territory can be considered as a catalyzer of agroecological transition within the broader framework of farming systems adapting themselves to the new climatic, socio-economic and political background, but it cannot influence large scale macroeconomic and political factors, which remain decisive when assuming agriculture is to follow a greener path.
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Perrine Vandenbroucke, Michel Jabrin, Lucile Guirimand, Claire Heinisch, Hélènes Brives. Territory As A Catalyst For Agroecological Transition. Bosc Christel; Arrignon Mehdi. Les transitions agroécologiques en France: Enjeux, conditions et modalités du changement, 2, Presses Universitaires Blaise-Pascal, p. 113-130, 2020, Territoires, 2845166400. ⟨hal-03128715⟩



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