Extending biodiversity conservation to citizens
The biodiversity crisis calls for a rethinking of conservation strategies, considering in particular the citizens of a territory as the new actors of the socio-ecosystem. My work focuses on the processes of citizen involvement and engagement in environmental action. I implement participatory devices that seek to initiate awareness of the power to act and the development of a local action network that promotes the emancipation of participants and cooperation with public actors. It is action research that involves the 23 primary schools of the Zone Atelier Plaine et Val de Sèvre, beekeepers, inhabitants and elected officials. The approach chosen is based on the concept of social learning and on the reconnection of participants to nature close by, because experiences of nature, especially those lived during childhood, influence our actions, our life choices and our decisions. My research questions the factors of citizen involvement in the conservation of biodiversity and in particular the determinants of the relationships we build with nature and which influence our representations, and which will therefore in turn influence our life choices, our involvement or not in favour of biodiversity.
Research Engineer HC CNRS – AGRIPOP Team
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