Our researchs aim at preserve tropical forests in the context of ecological crisis, increased pressure on resources and requirement for equity towards the Southern people who aspire to have the benefits of economic development. For this, the unit is organized into three research teams.
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Tropical forest ecosystems are in the centre of the big global changes. But they also represent an important challenge to the development because of their potential to produce goods and services essential to our societies. Tropical forests are the richest reservoirs of biodiversity and terrestrial carbon.
This research team is studying the rules, practices, habits, knowledge and representations regarding forests, but also the dynamics between cooperation and competition as well as building social capital.
The team analyzes and evaluates new configurations of public action on tropical forests. This research domain is increasingly marked by stakes linked to global changes, but it is added on national policies and local practices who are often governed by other logic and interests.
Some questions can only be processed at the interface between our three research domains. They need to develop transversal research activities that mobilize all unit researchers. Furthermore, some skills are also essential in the three research teams: IT, database management, mapping and geographic information systems (GIS).