Accepted paper:

The revival of large naturalist expeditions: Knowing and saving biodiversity in asymmetrical North-South relations


Elsa Faugere (INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research))

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Paper long abstract:

Biologists consider the 6th species extinction crisis that we are currently undergoing as a major environmental crisis. To fight against the erosion of biodiversity and produce scientific knowledge about species before they disappear, French biologists of the National Museum of Natural History of Paris and of the NGO Pro-Natura International, have been running naturalist expeditions of unprecedented size in countries belonging to the southern hemisphere since the 2000s (Vanuatu, Madagascar, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea). This presentation is based on the ethnographic study of these expeditions in which we have studied sciences in society in highly asymmetrical North-South relations. In this paper, I will focus on the moral and affective dimensions of the naturalist field sciences involved in those biodiversity surveys.

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