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Interdisciplinary Franco-Latin-American perspectives on challenges related to the environment

Perspectivas interdisciplinarias franco-latinoamericanas sobre los retos ambientales

Regards croisés franco-latino-américains sur les défis liés à l’environnement

Perspectivas franco-latino-americanas sobre os desafios ambientais

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Published on Friday, August 18, 2023


Since the 1970s, environmental issues have continued to grow. Indeed, we have moved from a localized perception of environmental damage to a global understanding of the risks associated with climate change and their impacts on socio-ecosystems. In order to better respond to the challenges and stakes of the environmental crisis that is impacting us, it seems appropriate to share and make known the experiences and theories developed from different continents, cultures and geographies in order to enrich our object of study. In this regard, this Congress, which will be held from October 23 to 27, 2023 in Costa Rica, proposes to offer perspectives on multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies on environmental issues: climate change, biodiversity, resilience, global health, payments for environmental services, etc.



Since the early 1970s, environmental threats have been perceived as always localized and mainly due to pollution. The contamination of a river or a maritime area was seen as a local attack on the biodiversity and the environment of the area directly affected.

In the 1980s, the understanding of the global nature of environmental impacts brought about the challenge of taking into account the environment as a multidimensional, complex and transverse issue. The issue of global warming and its consequences has thus made us understand the obligation to think about the protection of our environment in a general way (political, diplomatic, normative, jurisdictional and scientific...) and at the same time in a way that is adapted to the affected area (for example, maritime areas and mountainous areas are not affected in the same way).

Studies show that even localized damage can have global consequences because of the imbalances caused. The disappearance of a species of flora or fauna and their habitats threatens global biodiversity and even global health. Moreover, the overexploitation of resources does not only affect the territories in question but also the global environmental, economic and geopolitical balance.

In this way, it is necessary to understand the challenges related to the environment from the point of view of the production of knowledge and norms, of public action, of private actors and, in general, of the people directly or indirectly affected.

The choice of Costa Rica is obvious, due to its exceptional biodiversity. This country has a very rich fauna and flora and concentrates in less than 51,000 km2, more than 6% of the world's biodiversity. In addition, Costa Rica is a model in terms of environment, when it comes to observe that 25% of its territory is protected in the form of public or private reserves, that the right to a healthy and balanced environment is enshrined in the constitution, or many ecosystems are still free of any form of human occupation. Finally, the country is developing a policy resolutely oriented towards green tourism.

The choice of the University of Costa Rica is also an obvious one. It is the oldest - founded in 1940 following the closure of the University of St. Thomas created in 1843 - and the most notable public university in the country with more than 39,000 students for a total population of 5.13 million inhabitants. It is also considered the most important university in Central America due to its research centers, the quality of its researchers and its scientific production.

Location: Costa Rica

Dates: from October 23 to 27, 2023

Panel presentation

Panel 1. The production of knowledge on the environment

The process of emergence of environmental issues is linked to the capacity of the sciences to offer reading prisms legitimizing all forms of knowledge on a global scale. Approaching production therefore means questioning data, information and knowledge, regardless of the regime to which they belong.

This panel is interested in knowledge, the ways in which it is produced and the actors mobilized to develop data, information and knowledge on environmental issues. What knowledge is produced by whom, for what purposes, how and where? Particular attention will be paid to the papers presented, notably in the form of case studies concerning Latin America, the Caribbean and France.

Panel 2. Public and private environmental action in the face of environmental challenges

The presence of different stakeholders, including those for whom environmental protection is an opportunity or a constraint, testifies to the importance of the principle of conciliation in environmental matters. It induces a reflexive approach on the scope of public and private action, as well as the promotion of governance to face the challenges posed by the environment.

This panel will present the initiatives and actions implemented by different actors to address environmental challenges. How do organizations think and/or implement responses to environmental challenges? Particular attention will be paid to papers presented in the form of feedback from Latin America, the Caribbean and France.

Panel 3. Norms and regulations in response to environmental challenges

The legal response to the challenges presented by the deterioration of the environment has led to a proliferation of texts and regulatory measures at both the national and international levels. The various branches of law that apply to the environment today make it a rich, evolving and even innovative subject. However, it is marked by a double ambiguity, partly due to the difficulty of defining its contours with precision, and partly due to the difficulty of marking its limits.

This panel will analyze the rules (laws, legislations, decrees, etc.), regulatory mechanisms and their application in response to environmental challenges. How can rules be a source of opportunities, constraints or inconsistencies in the face of environmental challenges? What role does the rule of law play in addressing environmental challenges? Special attention will be given to presentations in the form of critical analysis of existing legislation and regulatory mechanisms in Latin America, the Caribbean and France.

Panel 4. Funding responses to environmental challenges

While discursive approaches present environmental challenges as opportunities for economic development, notably through PES (Payments for Environmental Services), the financing of responses requires improving the effectiveness of taking environmental externalities into account in socio-economic calculations. 

This panel will analyze financial instruments and their applications to environmental challenges. What are the instruments? What is their relevance? How are the instruments used to address environmental challenges? Particular attention will be paid to papers presented in the form of a critical analysis of financial instruments mobilized in Latin America, the Caribbean and France. A comparative approach of the various instruments mobilized is also expected.

Submission guidelines

The abstracts of the communications must be sent to the following address before September 24, 2023 : jean-raphael.gros-desormeaux@cnrs.fr

They should not exceed 2000 characters including spaces.

Depending on the financial means, some speakers could be supported.

Organizing Committee

Karla Blanco (University of Costa Rica); Justin Daniel (University of the West Indies); Karine Galy (University of the West Indies); Olivier Gassiot (University of Costa Rica); Jean-Raphaël Gros-Désormeaux (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique); Lise Tupiassu (Federal University of Pará)


environment - biodiversity - norms - territories - comparison - public action - private action - conflicts - climate change - health - space - species - philosophy - jurisdictions - theory - practice - protection - preservation.


  • Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR)
    San José, Costa Rica


  • Sunday, September 24, 2023


  • medio ambiente, biodiversidad, normas, territorios, comparación, acción pública, acción privada, conflictos, cambio climático, salud, espacio, especies, filosofía, jurisdicciones, teoría, práctica, protección, preservación


  • Mylène VOLNY-ANNE
    courriel : mylene [dot] volny-anne [at] cnrs [dot] fr
  • Karine GALY
    courriel : krineg [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Karla BLANCO
    courriel : karlabrmaria [at] hotmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Jean-Raphaël GROS-DESORMEAUX
    courriel : jean-raphael [dot] gros-desormeaux [at] cnrs [dot] fr


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« Interdisciplinary Franco-Latin-American perspectives on challenges related to the environment », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, August 18, 2023, https://calenda.org/1082960

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