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Workshop on Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems - Resilience 2014

7-8 March, 2013


The objective of the workshop series is to bring together French and international scientific communities together for an in depth exploration of the multiple dimensions of resilience following the theme of the 2014 Resilience Conference:“Adaptation, Transformation and Development”.

This specific workshop, organized by CIRAD and Bioversity International, will focus on the role of biodiversity in the management of multiple agroecosystem services in development contexts, and contribution to resilience. Harnessing biodiversity’s role in the resilience of multiple ecosystem services demands a clear understanding of the biophysical factors that drive ecosystem service delivery (from genes to landscapes), as well as a strong understanding of socio-cultural dimensions and governance structures that shape agricultural systems and landscapes, and that drive these systems. Key interdisciplinary themes of the workshop will consider the critical contribution of scales, interactions and feedbacks, tradeoffs and synergies, and the role of spatiotemporal heterogeneity in determining the impact of biodiversity on regulatory processes. We will also consider key contributions from the social sciences, specifically perspectives relating to human well-being, and the role of institutions, including governance structures, markets, and public policy as they relate to supporting biodiversity’s impact on resilience.


Key questions include: whether crop productivity and diversified and resilient systems are inherently antagonistic; at which scales does biodiversity offers resilience in a form that can be taken up by society; and how does as focus on systems multifunctionality translate to either adaptation, or transformation of these systems in the face of change?



1. To provide a meeting space for interdisciplinary scientists to meet, discuss and identify

session themes on “Biodiversity and resilience of agroecosystems” for the 2014

Resilience Conference.

2. Select 1 or 2 of these themes to develop the outline for one or more key papers to be

submitted for a special issue of Ecology and Society on Adaptation, Transformation and



Venue: Agropolis International, Montpellier, France