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Sencebé Condeso, Carol, 2018. Biodiversity vs. consumption and agriculture : analysis of discourses from the European Community on its effort to halt biodiversity loss. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Biodiversity has been in public agendas since the Río Conference in 1992, yet measures to improve it do not seem sufficient since it remains in a continuous negative status. Moreover,consumption and agriculture have been targeted as the practices that damage biodiversity the most. Thus, this study aims to analyse official documents from the European Commission and to understand how these could influence consumption and agriculture as an attempt to revert biodiversity loss. The research is framed by the Foucault inspired notion of governmentality and the analysis approached from the theoretical concepts of empowerment and agency. This is a qualitative research inspired by discourse analysis, where the analytical procedure of official documents followed interpretation of statements, approaching it from the perspective of sustainable agriculture, based on the assumption that this practice is beneficial for biodiversity.

Concern regarding biodiversity loss was present in some of the diverse documents analysed. Empowerment is the dominant discourse spread among consumption documents, and sustainability among agriculture documents, where the Commission expects consumption and production to meet in the market, leading this to a sustainable consumption. However, no direct relation from consumption of agriculture products proceeding from sustainable production (i.e. sustainable agriculture) was found besides of organic agriculture, which counts with its own regulation; nor was any type of discourse aiming to reduce consumption as a sustainable strategy. Furthermore, the results point to certain constraints within the Commission for a partial position that could benefit biodiversity above the market.

Main title:Biodiversity vs. consumption and agriculture
Subtitle:analysis of discourses from the European Community on its effort to halt biodiversity loss
Authors:Sencebé Condeso, Carol
Supervisor:Norrby, Thomas
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2018
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:biodiversity, consumption, agriculture, sustainability, empowerment, European Commission
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Nature conservation and land resources
Deposited On:02 Feb 2018 09:35
Metadata Last Modified:20 May 2020 11:28

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