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Flagship project 4: Periurban territoires

Flagship project 4: Towards the Sustainable Development of Peri-urban Areas

Periurban areas are at the centre of strong tensions between growing urbanisation and the will to preserve agricultural and semi-natural open spaces. Teh management of these territoires, under urban influence, is complex and calls for interdisciplinary research to analyse and plan their development. Within periurban areas, strong overlap between constructions and open spaces is a threat to agriculture and ecosystems, but also an opportunity in terms of services and functions these open spaces provide in terms of provision of food, regulation of ecosystem processes, amenities and cultural benefits. Various stakekolders could benefit from these services and functions in these areas: urban managers, environmental organisations, consumers, inhabitants. The priority given to each service and function can vary between different stakholders, and sometimes be in opposition.

Going beyond an assessment of the systems' intrinsic sustainability is a challenge to research, as well as elaborating evolution scenarii of these periurban areas, taking into account the diversity of expectations in terms of services and functions provided by open spaces. Flagship project 4's objective is to design and assess territorial configuration models, including specific organisations of open spaces, arising from services and functions these mosaics of agroecosystems and semi-natural areas could provide. This research is undertaken on the Plateau de Saclay, a periurban territoire in the Paris region, which will allow for a interdisciplinary approach combining social and biotechnical sciences to i) grasp the social dimension of expectations in terms of services and functions provided by open spaces, and ii) mobilise knowledge on ecosystem functioning so as to quantify these services. Spatial modelling methods will be used to elaborate territorial configuration scenarii, which will then be confronted to stakeholders from the territoire studied.

Three positions were filled to advance this research:

> Post-doc « Facilitation of the flagship project; modelling of territorial configuration of agroecosystems in periurban territoires » - Caroline Petit – 36 months

> Post-doc « Perception and acknowledgement of open spaces: a geographical approach » - Cécile Falies – 12 months

> Research engineer « Territorial ecology: Organisation and valorisation of a workshop on territorial ecology on teh Plateau de Saclay » - Yoann Verger - 15 monts - Workshop on territorial ecology - May 2016

Coordination: Christine AUBRY (SADAPT), Erwan PERSONNE (ECOSYS) and Caroline PETIT (SADAPT)

Atelier d'écologie territoriale du Plateau de Saclay

23 au 26 mai 2016 Plateau de Saclay

Sur 4 jours, des chercheurs experts dans des domaines différents ont réfléchi et interagi de manière originale autour d'un thème commun :...

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Cover page of the Synthesis of Saclay Workshops

Workshops on territorial ecology of Saclay Plateau

The synthesis in online ! A group of 26 researchers worked intensively on May 23-26th 2016 on a study of territorial ecology in Saclay Plateau and...
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