Conflict resolution through mutual learning

Responsibility: Institue fo Social-Ecological Research (ISOE)

The results of the insect monitoring and analyses of pollutants of DINA are to be transfered into measures for conserving biodiversity, which are to be jointly supported by local authorities, politics and agriculture. However, as such an endeavour addresses a specific social-ecological problem there are no straightforward solutions because different parties involved may have fundamentally different ideas about the problem, causes, consequences and practicability.

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© 2020 Florian Schneider

There is a consensus on insect decline – but not on the cause for it

A recent study of researchers at ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research reveals the positions and conflicts that are dominant in the ongoing discourse on insect decline. The ISOE study shows that the actors in agriculture and nature conservation do agree in many points. Only a few actors dispute the finding that insects are in decline globally, as has been shown by the IPBES Report in 2019. All stakeholders demand a better, more objective evidence base as a key element of a comprehensive biodiversity monitoring program. The opinions differ, however, when it comes to the question of financing this effort. There are also strongly divergent attributions concerning the main causes of insect decline. In particular, the use of pesticides, nitrogen inputs, habitat loss and deficiencies in the management of nature areas are highly contested factors of an insect decline.

Local dialogues

In order to develop and mediate locally effective conservation measures in nature conservation areas, ISOE will organize dialogue events at three selected study sites of the DINA project. An exchange between participants from agriculture, administration, nature conservation and other local interest groups, as well as the researchers from the project, will be initiated.

Over a period of two years, a series of up to four events at each of these three locations will aim at developing a common understanding of the local problem situation, the DINA research results, as well as the perspectives and local dynamics in and around the affected nature reserve. Subsequently, the participants will jointly develop and assess practical measures to improve insect conservation in and around the protected areas.

The continuous exchange will develop a new quality of knowledge about nature conservation in the agricultural landscape and vitalise local networks among local stakeholders, and between science and practice – with valuable lessons to be learned for an application of similar processes in other regions.

About the ISOE

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research is one of the leading independent institutes for sustainability research based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since 30 years, the institute develops scientific bases for decision-making as well as future-orientated concepts for policy makers, civil society and economy at a regional, national, and international level. The research of ISOE is bridging basic and applied research, natural and social sciences, as well as science and society. For the dialogue events, the ISOE can draw from a rich experience in transdisciplinary research, with well-established methodologies such as Stakeholder-Dialogues, transdisciplinary knowledge integration, and discourse field analyses.

The following ISOE researchers from the research units 'Transdisciplinary Methods and Concepts' as well as 'Biodiversity and People' are participating in DINA:

Dr. Alexandra Lux - Head of research unit "Transdisciplinary Methods and Concepts" (Website | Tel.: +49 69 7076919-27 )

Dr. Florian D. Schneider - Research Assistant (Website | Tel.: +49 69 7076919-71)

Thomas Fickel - PhD (Website | Tel.: +49 69 7076919-48)

Dr. Marion Mehring (Website)

PD Dr. Diana Hummel (Website)


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