Summer School "Ecology and Society: Frontiers and Boundaries" / 3 - 7 June 2019

Ecosystems societies Climate change Forests Hydrosystems Atmosphere Biodiversity Agrosystems Pressures Impacts Modelling Pollution Ecotoxicology Biogeochimical cycles Ecology Adaptability

Field Trip

Vallée du Ciron - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Cellars

Thematic weeks organisation committee

Field Trip

Visiting Bordeaux

Forest trip

Field Trip

Class room - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Cellars

Round table on global change

Hydrosystems week

Forest trip

Hôtel Chateau Latour - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Field trip - Salles

Field trip - Salles

Ecosystems services

Field trip - Salles

Forest trip

Cellars

Only what is counted counts? The politics of biodiversity knowledge - Esther TURNHOUT

Biodiversity governance is characterized by a strong technocratic orientation. Science-based data, maps and numbers are used in the representation of biodiversity and inform decision making about conservation targets and priorities. In this talk, I will offer a critical engagement with the role of science and scientific knowledge in the representation of biodiversity and the implications of these representations for how we treat biodiversity in practice. My contribution is based on the central idea that biodiversity representations are not neutral mirrors of world but contribute to the constitution of biodiversity as a measurable and governable phenomenon: they are performative. Subsequently, I will use the examples of TEEB and IPBES to demonstrate the emergence of an explicit economic discourse of Ecosystem Services and to analyse how this economic discourse connects with and complements existing technocratic biodiversity discourses. I will conclude by discussing the importance of critical scrutiny of the politics of environmental knowledge.



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