Ecosystem services, social interdependencies, and collective action: A conceptual framework

Barnaud Cécile, Corbera Esteve, Muradian Roldan, Salliou Nicolas, Sirami Clélia, Vialatte Aude, Choisis Jean-Philippe, Dendoncker Nicolas, Mathevet Raphaël, Moreau Clémence, Reyes-Garcia Victoria, Boada Martí, Deconchat Marc, Cibien Catherine, Garnier Stephan, Maneja Roser, Antona Martine. 2018. Ecosystem services, social interdependencies, and collective action: A conceptual framework. Ecology and Society, 23 (1), n.spéc. Ecosystem Services for Agroecological Transitions:15, 14 p.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECOLOGY

Abstract : The governance of ecosystem services (ES) has been predominantly thought of in terms of market or state-based instruments. Comparatively, collective action mechanisms have rarely been considered. This paper addresses this gap by proposing a conceptual framework that brings together ES, social interdependencies, and collective action thinking. We use an ES conceptual lens to highlight social interdependencies among people so as to reflect on existing or potential collective actions among them. This framework can also contribute to increasing people's awareness of their mutual interdependencies and thereby fostering, framing, or enriching collective action, in ways that take into account the diversity and complexity of ecological processes underlying human activities. Our approach can contribute in particular to agroecological transitions that require landscape level innovations and coordination mechanisms among land users and managers. The framework distinguishes three types of social interdependencies: (i) between ES beneficiaries and ES providers, (ii) among beneficiaries, and (iii) among providers. These social interdependencies are in turn analyzed according to four main dimensions that are critical for collective action: (i) cognitive framing of interdependencies, (ii) levels of organization, (iii) formal and informal institutions, and (iv) power relations. Finally, we propose a strategy to turn this framework into action in contexts of participatory action research, a strategy grounded on a number of methodological principles and tools that convey complexity and increase people's awareness of interdependencies in agrarian social-ecological systems.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : services écosystémiques, processus multipartites, agroécologie, approches participatives, Région d'altitude

Mots-clés complémentaires : Action collective

Mots-clés libres : Services écosystémiques, Agriculture de montagne, Action collective

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
E11 - Land economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Barnaud Cécile, INRA (FRA)
  • Corbera Esteve, ICTA [Espagne] (ESP)
  • Muradian Roldan, UFF (BRA)
  • Salliou Nicolas, Université de Toulouse (FRA)
  • Sirami Clélia, Université de Toulouse (FRA)
  • Vialatte Aude, INRA (FRA)
  • Choisis Jean-Philippe, INRA (FRA)
  • Dendoncker Nicolas, University of Namur (BEL)
  • Mathevet Raphaël, CNRS (FRA)
  • Moreau Clémence, Université de Toulouse (FRA)
  • Reyes-Garcia Victoria, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ESP)
  • Boada Martí, ICTA [Espagne] (ESP)
  • Deconchat Marc, Université de Toulouse (FRA)
  • Cibien Catherine, MAB France (FRA)
  • Garnier Stephan, Parc national des Cévennes (FRA)
  • Maneja Roser, ICTA [Espagne] (ESP)
  • Antona Martine, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-8332-9893

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