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Title: The contribution of traditional agroecological knowledge as a digital commons to agroecological transitions: The case of the CONECT-e platform
Author: Calvet Mir, Laura  
Benyei, Petra
Aceituno Mata, Laura
Pardo de Santayana, Manuel
López García, Daniel
Carrascosa García, María
Perdomo Molina, Antonio
Reyes García, Victoria
Others: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Red de Semillas Resembrando e Intercambiando
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Fundación Entretantos
Universidad de La Laguna
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: agri-food system
social-ecological system
misappropriation
local knowledge
landrace
erosion
enclosure
copyleft license
agroecosystem
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2018
Publisher: Sustainability (Switzerland)
Citation: Calvet-Mir, L., Benyei, P., Aceituno Mata, L., Pardo de Santayana, M., López García, D., Carrascosa-García, M., Perdomo-Molina, A. & Reyes-García, V. (2018). The contribution of traditional agroecological knowledge as a digital commons to agroecological transitions: The case of the CONECT-e platform. Sustainability, 10(9), 1-14. doi: 10.3390/su10093214l commons to agroecological transitions: The case of the CONECT-e platform. Sustainability (Switzerland), 10(9) doi:10.3390/su10093214
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/CSO2014-59704-P
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/BES-2015-072155
Also see: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/9/3214/pdf
Abstract: Traditional agroecological knowledge (TAeK) refers to the cumulative and evolving body of knowledge, practices, beliefs, institutions, and worldviews about the relationships between a society or cultural group and their agroecosystems. These knowledge systems contribute to maintaining environmental and culturally sensitive food systems and have been considered very relevant for agroecological transitions, or the processes of scaling-up and -out agroecology. However, TAeK's erosion and enclosure threatens its use and reproduction, which in turn might affect TAeK's potential contribution to agroecological transitions. Here, we explore how transforming TAeK, and particularly TAeK on landraces, into a digital commons can contribute to its maintenance and protection, and thus to agroecological transitions. We do so by analyzing the CONECT-e platform, an initiative for digitally storing and sharing TAeK in a participatory way. One year after being launched, CONECT-e has documented 452 geographically distinct landraces from 81 different species. The information shared in this platform is well-structured, clear, and reliable; it thus allows for the replication of the knowledge reported. Moreover, because CONECT-e makes the documented information freely available and protects it with a copyleft license, placing information in this platform could help one face landrace misappropriation issues. CONECT-e, or similar initiatives, could contribute to agroecological transitions via maintaining TAeK under the digital commons framework, making it accessible to all society and avoiding enclosure processes.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/93235
ISSN: 2071-1050MIAR
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