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Sustainable Development of Vulnerable Territories

Développement durable des territoires vulnérables

Desarrollo sostenible de los territorios vulnerables

14th Annual International Conference of Territorial Intelligence

XIVa conferencia anual internacional de inteligencia territorial

XIVe conference internationale annuelle d'intelligence territoriale

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Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2015


The 14th Annual International Conference of Territorial Intelligence in Ouarzazate (Morocco) will focus on "Sustainable Development of Vulnerable Territories". Papers will be divided into five topics: Socio-ecological transition and vulnerable territories resiliency; Observation of vulnerable territories; The valorization of vulnerable territories; The quality of territories; Initiatives in vulnerable territories.



The 14th Annual International Conference of Territorial Intelligence in Ouarzazate (Morocco) will focus on "Sustainable Devolopment of Vulnerable Territories."

Papers will be divided into five topics:

  1. Socio-ecological transition and vulnerable territories resiliency
  2. Observation of vulnerable territories
  3. The valorization of vulnerable territories
  4. The quality of territories
  5. Initiatives in vulnerable territories

Mankind has realized that the system based on the accumulation of material goods spurred by competition in the context of globalization and financialization leads to unsustainable inequalities between men and local communities, product depletion resources on a global scale with an uneven impact in different territories, and increases the environmental risks that challenge the very existence of the human species.

Territorial Intelligence, "action research project whose object is sustainable development of the territories and the subjects of which are local communities" (Girardot, 2008, 2013) wants to establish the prospect of another development model oriented by improving the well-being of each and every (Council of Europe, 2005), democratically developed by each local community. It suggests a process of co-construction of a collective intelligence that links the actors of a territory within the territorial community, to develop concerted sustainable local project and realize cooperative, transparent, efficient and equitable way. The participation of the territorial community, and each person, targets the improvement of the quality of life of each and everyone.

To do this, territorial intelligence embraces the concept of socio-ecological transition that seeks to harness the demographic, economic, social, and environmental challenges and reversing the increase in social and territorial inequalities (Baer, 2009). Territorial intelligence focuses on changes in social behavior, but also the individual who will, if they are stimulated by structural reforms and adequate governance, reduce fossil resources consumption and reduce social and territorial inequalities. 

Local communities are encouraged to reclaim their territories to improve resiliency by promoting initiatives that have been marginalized by the financialization of the economy.

Territorial intelligence contributes through a multidisciplinary at scientific level and multisectoral in action approach to the balanced combination of economic efficiency, social equity and environmental protection. as such, it differs from business intelligence that is limited pursuing a competitive advantage, a monetary gain, on the global competitive market. Territorial intelligence does not confuse the territory with a market, or a business, nor citizens with clients or employees. She is not only concerned about economic competitiveness.

Territorial resiliency is one of the key concepts of socio-ecological transition, popularized by Rob Hopkins in "Transition Handbook" (2008). Resilience is inspired by the design of Hollings (1973) that after a perturbation the system is not marked by a return to equilibrium, expression of mechanical behavior, but instead often reacts positively , creative, thanks to multiple adjustments. To the extent that "The concept of transition evokes the opportunity to co-construct a rational evolution, peaceful and transparent, but radical, against the risk of an authoritarian change" (Girardot, 2012) "The resiliency of a territory described the ability of its community to assume its peaceful transition from a development based on the criteria of short term selfish gain towards sustainable development, reconciling economic, social, environmental and cultural aims face external shocks that increase its vulnerability and calls into question its existence "(Girardot, 2013).

We propose to continue, in the specific case of vulnerable areas, the discussions initiated during international meeting of Roscoff (May 2014): How to develop a transition agenda and an integrated analysis of the resiliency of territories, highlighting the risks and opportunities? What are the milestones of the transition agenda and indicators of resiliency? How do they articulate with the territorial governance arrangements and especially with a lateral participatory governance.

Observation of vulnerable territories

In a logic of territorial intelligence, territorial observation is based on the collection, sharing and crossing data on users and services with territorial indicators to develop and argue partnership projects, to manage and evaluate them in a participatory way.

At the local level it faces five major challenges:

  • The most important is the lack of open  information available at the sub municipal level.

  • Paradoxically we may be faced with a mass of information on smaller scales.
  • Next is little social and environmental indicators consistent with sustainable development.

  • Disparities between sectors, spatial divisions and updating data in time, complicate the mapping.

  • Local information still lacks transparency.

These difficulties are a priori more important in vulnerable areas. What forms do they take then? How about it?

Territorial valorization

Territorial valorization has a more ambitious objective than economic competitiveness. It refers to the concept of collective intelligence evaluating "results from the collaboration and sharing of information, as well as the competition between many individuals ... Collective intelligence can be considered as a form of network, enabled by recent developments in information technology "(Prior, 2010).

Territorial development is not limited to economic growth, or economic competition. The economic logic of the partnership, instrument of the global approach, is based primarily on cooperation (including within clusters) and aims to bring together local resources before resorting to other means. Networks allow private actors, associations and individuals, such as the public, to participate in decisions in the context of participatory democracy. From a territorial valorization perspective, participatory democracy is a space for competition as well as cooperation.

Quality of the territory

The quality of the territory is a complementary concept of territorial valorization. Quality has been understood as the ability of a product or service to satisfy the expressed or latent needs of consumers. They are the intrinsic attributes of the product or service. Customer satisfaction and continuous improvement of the product or service have been central to this specific understanding. Within a territorial framework, however, quality has a broader meaning by virtue of which territorial community replaces consumers and dimensions of sustainability replace product or service attributes. Therefore, we can define the quality of the territory as the ability of the latter to meet the needs of its community through continuous improvement of its economic, social, environmental and cultural dimensions. It is often equated with quality of life, a concept born as a result of changes in lifestyles of today's society and the perception of risks arising from economic development.

Initiatives in vulnerable territories

Regardless of international and national programs, sustainable development is characterized by local initiatives taken by local authorities, associations, informal groups or individuals.

We are interested in those that are part of the socio-ecological transition, contribute to the territorial resiliency, value territory and illustrate its quality.

Submission guidelines

Paper proposals should include

In the form of an abstract of 400 words in English or French, indicating at the beginning:

  • The title,
  • The author and professional contact information,
  • The proposed form: presentation, poster or demonstration,
  • The topic in question: A, B, ...

Proposals for papers should be sent by email to: with copy to

by May 20th.

Paper proposals will be evaluated in a double blind.

Scientific Committee

  • Jean-Jacques Girardot, assistant professor of economy,  MSHE USR 3124 CNRS/UFC/UTBM, ThéMA UMR 6049 CNRS/UFC/UB, Université de Franche-Comté, France.
Scientific coordinator of International Network of Territorial Intelligence.
  • Mohamed Oudada, professor of geography, Faculté Polyidisciplinaire de Ouarzazate, Université Ibn Zohr d’Agadir Morocco.  Coordinator of ESEAD
  • Cyril Masselot, assistant professor of information and communication science, MSHE USR 3124 CNRS/UFC/UTBM, CIMEOS EA 4177-UB, Université de Franche-Comté, France. .
  • Serge Ormaux, full professor of geography, ThéMA UMR 6049 CNRS/UFC/UB, Université de Franche-Comté, France.
  • Philippe Woloszyn, researcher, Laboratoire "Espaces et Sociétés" (ESO), UMR 6590 CNRS/URENNES2, Université de Rennes 2, France.
  • Giovanna Truda, professor of sociology, Université de Salerno, Italy.
  • Blanca Miedes Ugarte, assistant professor of economy, C3IT, OLE Observatorio local de Empleo, Universidad de Huelva, Spain.
  • Guénaël Devillet, assistant professor of geography, SEGEFA Service d’Étude en Géographie Économique Fondamentale et Appliquée ULG/FNRS, Université de Liège, Belgique.
  • Natale Ammaturo, full professeur of sociology, DISUFF Dipartimento di Scienze Umane, Filosofiche e della Formazione, Université de Salerno, Italy.
  • Horacio Bozzano, full professeur of geography, Equipo TAG Territorio Actores Gobernanza UNLP/CONICET, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.
  • Raul Montenegro, full professeur of evolutive biology, Alternative Nobel Price  2004 (Stockholm), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina .
  • Nanta Novello Paglianti, assistant professor of information and communication science, MSHE USR 3124 CNRS/UFC/UTBM, CIMEOS EA 4177-UB, Université de Franche-Comté, France .
  • Sylvie Damy, assistant professor of computer science, UMR Chrono-environnement  6249 CNRS/UFC,  Université de Franche-Comté,  France.
  • Bénédicte Herrmann, assistant professor of computer science, Laboratoire Femto-ST UMR 7174 CNRS/UFC/ENSMM, Université de Franche-Comté, France,
  • Marc Cote, emeritus professor of geography, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France.
  • Mohamed Ait Hamza, full professor of geography, Université Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco.
  • Brahim Akdim, full professor of geography, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Fès, Morocco.
  • Mohamed Daoud, full professor of geography,  Université Chouaib Doukkali, Eljadida, Morocco.
  • Mohamed Benattou, full professor of geography, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.
  • El Madani Mountasser, full professor of geography, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Abdelhadi Bounar, full professor of geography, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Lakbir Ouhajou, full professor of geography, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Hassan Benhalima full professor of geography, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Elhassane Elmahdad, full professor of geography, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Ahmed Belkadi, full professor of geography, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Otman Ait Ouarasse, professor of english language, Faculté Pluridisciplinaire de Ouarzazate, Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco.

Provisional program

Mercredi 21 octobre 2015


08h30-09h00: Participants Welcome

09h00-10h00: Welcome speeches

10h15-12h15: Opening communications

12h30: lunch


  • 14h00-15h45: Communications thematic workshops
  • 16h00-17h45: Communications thematic workshops

Jeudi 22 octobre 2015


  • 08h30-10h15:  Communications thematic workshops
  • 10h30-12h15:  Communications thematic workshops

12h30 Repas – lunch

Afternoon :

  • 14h00-15h45:  Communications thematic workshops
  • 16h00-17h30: Summary of thematic workshops
  • 17h30-18h00:  Closing of the conference

16h30: Conference end.


  • April 30: Registering
  • May 20: Deadline for proposals
  • June 30: Deadline for evaluation
  • July 30: Return of full articles.
  • Sept. 20 : Publication of full articles.

Registration and indicative price

  • Registration: 1650 dirhams (150 euros)
  • Single room with half board (breakfast included): 60 euros per night. (payable in Ouarzazate)
  • Flight from Paris to Ouarzazate Royal Air Morocco : 350 euros (depending on dates)


  • Ouarzazate, Kingdom of Morocco


  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015


  • intelligence territoriale, développement durable, territoire, observation, gouvernance, participation


  • Jean-Jacques Girardot
    courriel : jjg [at] mshe [dot] univ-fcomte [dot] fr
  • Mohamed Oudada
    courriel : m [dot] oudada [at] uiz [dot] ac [dot] ma

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Jean-Jacques Girardot
    courriel : jjg [at] mshe [dot] univ-fcomte [dot] fr


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