Adrià Carrasquer-Poveda

Adrià Carrasquer-Poveda
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Faculty of Political Science and Sociology

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Project (1)
Project
The importance of traditional knowledge for the conservation of biodiversity conservation has attracted interest to preserve, maintain and promote this kind of knowledge, as reflected in Article 8 (j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Pursuant Trying to comply towith this agreement, the Spanish legislation incorporateding traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) as one of the fundamental components of the Spanish Inventory of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity (Royal Decree 556/2011). In this context, a group of researchers is developing the Spanish Inventory of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (IECTB), a public instrument which aims to collect traditional ecological knowledge, assess their its conservation status and vulnerability, and to make this knowledge accessible to managers, researchers, and citizens in general. In its current development, the IECTB only includes information collected by professional researchers, which limits the type of knowledge to documentdocumented, since as many of this knowledge is found only in oral form and is maintained by -mainlyprincipally- by elderly rural population. This research e CONECT-e project will develop and validate a new methodology that willould broaden the basis on which the TEK is collected while about what toengaging citizenship. Specifically, we will have developed an interactive digital wiki-like platform (www.conecte.es) that allows any citizen to both contribute their elders’ TEK -following citizen science ideas- as well as accessing information provided by other citizens. The project, lasting three years, will be developed in three phases and will focus on the collection of agroecological practicestraditional knowledge on plants, landraces, ecosystems, animals, minerals, fungus and climate change indicators. Project methodology This project will be developed in three phases. During the preparatory phase, we will design, implement and test the platform and its information validating tools. During implementation, we will use three approaches to disseminate the platform. First, the platform will be disseminated among the general public through advertising media, social networks and circles of potentially interested people. Second, we will work with a targeted group of citizens who, a priori, we consider may have already collected traditional knowledge (the Spanish seed network, Red de Semillas Resembrando e Intercambiando). Third, we will try to access elderly rural people through the younger generations. Specifically, we will work with students from agricultural technical schools (16-20 years old) in Catalonia, a region with an important rural population but also an important agricultural extension system. Comparing the quantity and quality of the data obtained by the three approaches, and the impact on the students’ perception on the value of TEK (measured with pre and post activity surveys), we will be able to evaluate this innovative tool. Finally, in the third phase we will also evaluate this methodology in terms of its ability to contribute to the IECTB and protect through a digital common’s approach this important body of knowledge.