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

Cecile Barnaud, DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, INPT, INRA, Toulouse, France
Esteve Corbera, Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain
Roldan Muradian, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Faculty of Economics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nicolas Salliou, DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, INPT, INRA, Toulouse, France
Clélia Sirami, DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, INPT, INRA, Toulouse, France
Aude Vialatte, DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, INPT, INRA, Toulouse, France
Jean-Philippe Choisis, DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, INPT, INRA, Toulouse, France
Nicolas Dendoncker, Department of Geography, University of Namur, Belgium
Raphael Mathevet, CEFE, CNRS, Univ Montpellier, Univ Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EPHE, IRD, Montpellier, France; French Institute of Pondicherry, UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MAEE, India
Clémence Moreau, DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, INPT, INRA, Toulouse, France; CEFE, CNRS, Univ Montpellier, Univ Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EPHE, IRD, Montpellier, France
Victoria Reyes-García, Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain; Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain
Martí Boada, Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain; Ecological and Earth Sciences Division, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris
Marc Deconchat, DYNAFOR, Université de Toulouse, INPT, INRA, Toulouse, France
Catherine Cibien, MAB France, Toulouse, France
Stephan Garnier, Parc National des Cévennes, Florac, France
Roser Maneja, Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain
Martine Antona, CIRAD, UPR Green, F-34 098, Montpellier, France; Green, Univ Montpellier, CIRAD, Montpellier, France.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-09848-230115

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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.

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actionable framework; agroecological transition; concerted ecosystem service management; multistakeholder approach; participatory action research; rural landscapes; territorial management

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