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Accueil > Actualités > Le projet BASC, porté par Paul Leadley, directeur de l’ESE, est retenu pour financement en tant que LABEX.

Le projet BASC, porté par Paul Leadley, directeur de l’ESE, est retenu pour financement en tant que LABEX.

BASC : Biodiversité, Agroécosystèmes, Société, Climat

- Context and objectives - National and International assessments (Millennium Assessment 2005, MEEDDM 2010, Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 2010) show that many aspects of biodiversity and ecosystem services are degraded and call for urgent action to reverse these trends. Agriculture is identified as one of the most critical issues, since increased agricultural production has generally been associated with improvements in human well-being over the last century, but this has come at the expense of biodiversity loss and resulted in degradation of ecosystem services related to land coversion and high inputs of fertilizer, pesticides, water and energy. Climate change will become a major driver of changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services over the coming decades. Progress in implementing solutions has, however, been slow. It has become clear that putting solutions into action will require rethinking of how research contributes to the understanding of coupled human-environmental systems (often referred to as social-ecological systems, SES), to training and to the technical and social innovations needed to make the necessary transformations of social organizations, institutions and economics.

The goal of the BASC Labex is to create a consortium of thirteen laboratories that fosters research for understanding and predicting the dynamics of social-ecological systems and their components in face of global change. This interdisciplinary research program builds on strong existing disciplinary research in climate sciences, genetics and genomics, evolutionary biology, ecology, agronomy, social sciences and economics. The project promotes the use of this understanding to develop and implement sustainable management strategies based on a well-established capacity for technological innovation and transfer, knowledge transfer to the public, natural resource managers and policy makers, and action to facilitate change in social organization. The BASC project will also create graduate training and continuing education programs that will provide a broad vision of sustainability science, generate an understanding of the contribution of disciplinary research to interdisciplinary objectives and develop the skills to participate in successful interdisciplinary dialog.