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Of a valley and men in Haut-Vicdessos

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  00:34:27  2017  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

Established in 2009, the Haut-Vicdessos valley Human and Environment Observatory (OHM, Observatoires Hommes-Milieux) in one of those entities created in France and in the world by the CNRS’s INEE (Institut Ecologie et Environnement/ Institute of Ecology and Environment) and pooled together as part of the DRIIHM excellence laboratory, or Labex. Its director, Didier Galop, makes a presentation of this cross-disciplinary observatory whose mission is to observe, document and investigate into ongoing or past transition and adaptation processes in this Ariège high valley and the seven communities it includes. This mountain territory is a place where a mutation which started in the late twentieth century is under way as a result of agricultural and pastoral abandonment and the end of industrial activities giving an end to several thousand years of traditional activities. Now being significantly reforested, the valley’s structure is being recomposed while concurrently turning towards the development of tourism.
Marked by rapid and sometimes brutal dynamics, this upper valley represents a life-size field of study for researchers from different disciplines, on which they measure and analyse the past and present influence of human intervention and, more generally, the impact of global change on ecosystems. The data collection operations inherited from past activities (lake sediment and charcoal sampling, peat bog core drilling, etc.) and on site observations establish a dialogue between past, present and future. They highlight the different traces of human appropriation of the Haut-Vicdessos valley and the exploitation of its natural resources, as well as the long-term consequences of conserving this memory of human activities.

Producer : CNRS Images
Scientific author : GALOP Didier (GEODE, UMR CNRS, Univ. Toulouse Jean Jaurès )
Director : DALAISE Marcel (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Audiovisual processReal shots. Aerial shots. Microscopic shots. Use of Google Earth software and photographic archives.
Voice over and interviews (live sound). Music.
PersonnalitiesGALOP Didier(Directeur de l'OHM Pyrénées Haut-Vicdessos, GEODE, UMR CNRS, Univ. Toulouse Jean Jaurès ); SIMONNEAU Anaëlle(ISTO, UMR CNRS, Univ. d'Orléans, BRGM); DE VLEESCHOUWER François(ECOLAB, UMR CNRS, Univ. Toulouse Paul Sabatier, INP Toulouse ); PY-SARAGAGLIA Vanessa(GEODE, UMR CNRS, Univ. Toulouse Jean Jaurès ); GUILLOT Florence(TRACES-TERRAE, UMR CNRS, EHESS, Univ. Toulouse Jean Jaurès); LALLA Emile(Président de l'Association des anciens salariés de Péchiney ); LAGARDE Philippe(ONF); LE ROUX Gaël(ECOLAB, UMR CNRS, Univ. Toulouse Paul Sabatier, INP Toulouse )
NotesBRGM : Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
ECOLAB : Laboratoire écologie fonctionnelle et environnement
GEODE : Géographie de l’environnement
INP : Institut national polytechnique de Toulouse
INRAP : Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives
ISTO : Institut des Sciences de la Terre d’Orléans
ONF : Office National des Forêts
TERRAE : Archéologie et histoire des sociétés médiévales méridionales
TRACES : Travaux et Recherches Archéologiques sur les Cultures, les Espaces et les Sociétés



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Item No.6321
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