Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

Guyana and the city of Toulouse exchange around savannahs

On February 27, the Guyanese association GEPOG held a web conference in the presence of 12 students from the Masters in “Ecology, Biodiversity, Evolution” (EBE) at Toulouse III University – Paul Sabatier.

Web conference between GEPOG in Guyana and Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse © L. Legal Université Toulouse III 2020

One conference per year

Within the framework of Life BIODIV’OM, one conference per year in a university environment or in naturalist training is carried out in order to present the program and the advances in the different territories. Within these conferences, different themes are addressed depending on the issues of each territory and the specificities of the training (management of invasive exotic species, restoration of environments, etc.).

Guyana and the University of Toulouse

For Guyana, this first web conference was an opportunity to exchange views on savannahs, a rare, unknown and extremely threatened environment. GEPOG notably addressed the issues of the main threat to this ecosystem, invasive plant exotic species such as Acacia mangium or niaouli, but also more generally speaking of the European projects Life + Cap DOM and Life BIODIV’OM.

This web conference made it possible to highlight the links between the world of research and that of other environmental professionals, conflicts of interest and the consideration of perceptions around invasive alien species, as well as the concepts of social acceptability and participatory approach.