Pre/post/side congress events

Pre-congress workshop for emerging ethnobiologists (17-20 May, 2012)
The 1st International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) pre-Congress Workshop for Emerging Ethnobiologists, held in Tofino, Canada in 2010, has been recognized by many as a resounding success. On the wave its success, the ISE is organizing a 2nd international pre-congress workshop for students, post docs and early career ethnobiologists, in conjunction with the 13th ISE Congress, Montpellier, France. The three-day intensive workshop (Thursday 17 May – Sunday 20 May) brought together a group of 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants with leading experts from around the world for seminars on cutting edge topics, exchange of experiences, relationship-building, and fostering collaborations into the future. The 2010 Workshop demonstrated the many fresh and new ideas that students and early career ethnobiologists bring to Ethnobiology as a discipline and to the ISE as a society and the ideas, problems and challenges that they raised during the ISE Congress in Tofino were well received. Similarly, the conclusions and recommendations from the 2012 Workshop were presented during the first ISE General Assembly, providing all Congress participants an opportunity to receive feedback on how to improve the quality of education within the discipline of Ethnobiology.
This workshop is sponsored by
The Christensen Fund. the theme chosen for this second edition is ‘Brick by Brick’: Laying the Foundations for the Future of Biocultural Diversity Research. The workshop was held in the cottage Gîtes de Briandes located in Lunas.
Workshop program
Participants’ page
More details about the workshop on the blog of the International Network of Emerging Ethnobiologists (INEE).
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Contact person: Nemer Narchi

Pre-congress workshop on conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities (17-19 May, 2012)

The ICCA Consortium, the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) and the BEDE Network jointly propose an international workshop on “Conservation by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Advances in Participatory Action Research, Dissemination and Advocacy”, a  follow-up to the workshop on “Community Conservation in Practice” held before the ISE 2010 Congress in Tofino, Canada. This workshop is closely linked to session S43.
imited to 25-30 participants, the event was held at Cravirola, a co-operatively-run farm located near Montpellier. It brought together indigenous peoples, members of local communities and collaborators currently engaged in:
1. monitoring and carrying out participatory research on the efficacy of community action for conservation;
2. communicating information through traditional events and innovative venues (e.g., citizen journalism, photo-stories, video and new forms of social media); and
3. engaging in advocacy and action to ensure the good governance and effective management of their indigenous conserved territories and community conserved areas (ICCAs).

This workshop is also announced
Contact person: Susannah McCandless

Download the workshop report (English / Francais)

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Pre-congress workshop on Local Ecological Knowledge, honey harvesting and global change (18-19 May 2012)

Sentimiel program aims to valorize traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) tied to beekeeping and honey collecting through a network that centralizes the coordinates and the characteristics of the groups of people concerned by these activities. The goal is to federate diverse local actors who possess empirical knowledge about bees and their productions and who, by their regular observation of the activity of these insects, also possess records and data about the impact of global changes on their local environment. Sentimiel’s prospective objective is to access to funding by large international agencies that may finance participatory research-action projects targeting problems or issues raised locally by members of the network.
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Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB)
This two-day ‘by invitation only’ workshop was hosted in the Darwin’s house of the zoo du Lunaret, and included a fieldtrip in the Cévennes National Park.
Contact person:
Edmond Dounias

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Linking local ecological knowledge on artisanal honey harvesting and beekeeping in a changing world

Pre-congress symposium Agrodiversity across landscapes in a changing world. Ancient and present pathways (19 May, 2012)

Bioversity International and the Research Group Mosaïque (Agrodiversity, agroecosystems and environment, domestication and innovations) of CNRS jointly organized this one-day symposium. The objective was to discuss the scope of working at the landscape level to understand crop domestication and diversification, taking into consideration three large groups of factors: (1) socio-historical diversity, (2) biophysical diversity at a landscape or territorial level and (3). use and technical diversities.
Crop domestication and diversification have taken place within socio-historical and territorial contexts. Understanding the linkages between these two dimensions is a prerequisite to understanding the scope of transformations that crops are undergoing within a global context. Indeed acceleration in market exchanges, socio-cultural transformations, rapid genetic transformations through interactions with genetically modified crops, will have and are already having a major impact on the lore of traditional cultivars as well as the food security and sovereignty throughout the world. Landscapes and local territories have represented and still represent to-day the result of coupled-human and biological interactions within which human societies have developed crop diversity. Developing new sustainable low input and environmentally friendly agricultural approaches need to take into account heterogeneity within and across landscapes as well as the large scope of knowledge already available by local societies which have contributed to shape agrodiversities through domestication and crop diversification. This diversity corresponds to bio-physical diversity as well as to cultural and economic requirements and is now facing major changes.
Bioversity International has developed a series of case studies which will highly contribute to reflections on the subject of this symposium.
The Research Group Mosaïque, regroups researchers (geneticists, ethnologists, archeobotanists, geographers, socio-economists) working both on ancient processes of crop domestication as well as on present day situations, and on-going changes, The Research Group . Mosaïque will contribute to this symposium through a series of case studies with examples from Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Morocco, France, Spain, Cameroon and aims at developing a common framework for understanding, socio- historical and biological approaches to crop diversification across landscapes. Colleagues working on crop diversities at different landscape levels, from Kyoto University, University of Nagoya, University of Tetouan, Morocco, Natural Museum Kenya, Vanuatu Cultural Center, New York Botanical Gardens, will be invited to participate. Partners from southern countries will also be present.
The symposium on the 19 May, 2012 is a public meeting to which researchers from the rich community of Montpellier Research institutions were invited to participate. A closed-door meeting was held on 20 May, 2012 with the members of the Research Group Mosaïque and the co-organisers.

Registration to attend this pre-congress was compulsory.
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Contact person:
Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas

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Side-congress meeting: Biocultural Collections 10th Annual Meeting (24 May, 2012)

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5:30-7:30 pm Thursday 24 May 2012, Salle des Actes in the Botanic Institute, Adjacent to Botanical Garden.
The 10th Annual Meeting of Biocultural Collections was held at the Botanic Institute of Montpellier and was open to all Ethnobiologists. There was a short introduction to the organization and a review of activities over the last year: both
Missouri Botanical Garden and Kew Royal Botanic Gardens have hosted international meetings to establish networks, curation standards and databases for Biocultural Collections. These presentations will be followed by discussions of our next steps and priorities. Bring your issues with and suggestions for biocultural collections, curation standards and databases.
The Botanic Institute (with 4,000,000 specimens) displayed some of their historic collections and participants visited the Montpellier Botanical Garden’s many biocultural plantings, some of the oldest in Europe (photo above). First created by order of Henri IV in 1593 for Pierre Richer de Belleval (1564-1632), Montpellier Botanical Garden is now the property of the University of Montpellier I and is classified as a Historical Monument and Protected Site.
Contact person:
Jan Salick
Results to be incorporated into a book, Curating biocultural collections, to be published by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

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Post-congress seminar Why do we value diversity?: A dialogue on the definitions, implications and uses of biocultural diversity (26-28 May, 2012)

After the ISE Congress ended, the organizers of session S27 proposed to continue the dialogue in a two-day ‘by invitation only’ seminar on Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 May, the second in a series of three annual seminars, at a venue near Montpellier (Hameau de l’Étoile). Finally, there was a forum on Monday 28 May open to the general public at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris as part of the series “Governing Nature - Knowledge, Cultures and Biodiversity Policies” organized by the Laboratoire d’Éco-anthropologie et Ethnobiologie.
Global Diversity Foundation (UK), Laboratoire d’Éco-anthropologie et Ethnobiologie (France) and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Germany)
Contact persons:
Gary Martin, Diana Mincyte, Ursula Münster, Elise Demeulenaere

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