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- Le Corum Congress Hall: from May 21 to May 25
- Botanic Institute (University of Montpellier 2): from May 21 to May 25, 2012 (4 rooms, 1 poster hall and 1 amphitheater for plenary sessions)
- Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (University of Montpellier 1): from May 24 to May 25, 2012 (2 amphitheaters)
- Botanic Institute (University of Montpellier 2): from 21 to 25 May, 2012 (1 room and 1 amphitheater)

We wish to tentatively propose an overarching theme for the 13th edition of ICE that is highly complementary with the historical background and the intrinsic dynamism of the Montpellier region. This region has been influenced by its long and multicultural traditions as well as recent development. We propose to include all these themes under the banner of:

“Cultural diversity and biological diversity for sustainable development: Exploring the past to build up the future”

The remarkable diversity in space and time of both natural environments and human societies have contributed to a complex structure of these coupled systems. Human societies have progressively shaped the various landscapes of the Mediterranean region. Using the features of the proposed hosting region as a source of inspiration, we wish to question the history of human-induced changes for a better understanding of the components and dynamics of current global biodiversity. Congress participants would be encouraged to focus on their understanding of past human activities as a means to develop more sustainable patterns of natural resource management in the near future.

The main keywords upon which we would like to draw the congress debates are the following: coupled natural and ecological systems; historical ecology; cultural landscapes; biocultural interactions; socio-ecological resilience.

Following on this issue, we suggest a few indicative sub-themes among many others that will certainly emerge from submissions by declared participants:

  • Interactions between rural & urban (local products)

  • Interactions between past & contemporary agricultural practices

  • Interactions between past knowledge & contemporary practices

  • Interactions between researchers & local actors (co-learning processes)

  • Interactions between TEK & environmental norms/policies

  • Interactions between ethnobiologists and the medias.