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Biodiversity and relevance of local practices in the Cévennes Biosphere Reserve


  • Capucine Crosnier has been in charge of the scientific and project department of the Cévennes National Park/World Biosphere Reserve (6 bis, place du Palais 48400 Florac, France) for over a decade. Working at the interface of the relationship between society and nature, and with an interdisciplinary background, she has conducted various research projects in regional nature parks and national parks. Her projects seek to develop and spread scientific knowledge in the field of conservation.


The Cévennes National Park is a regulated and inhabited area that attempts to reconcile environmental and socio-economic issues. It must compromise with all the actors in the area who hold traditional, technical, and scientific knowledge. This learning process in co-management is an invitation to dialogue, negotiation, and even the comparison of local practices. Since the creation of the Park in 1970, a scientific approach to local ecological knowledge has accompanied the evolution of social and ecological issues. The research or conservation programmes provide a valuable perspective on the position of local actors within the framework of environmental policies. Are traditional knowledge and know-how relevant from the point of view of the preservation of biodiversity?