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Ethnobotany of divided generations in the context of centralization

Objective

Understanding the logics of obtaining, managing and perceiving of local natural resources, particularly plants, is crucial for ensuring sustainability of human life, as the use of plants is a key for survival of humans. The proposed research will create an advanced understanding of the mechanisms of changes in ethnobotanical knowledge experienced by traditional societies/minor ethnic groups when dominating group try to unify and/or erode this practical knowledge. It will also evaluate the effects of the sudden cease to existence of such centralization and following impact of the trial of revival of discontinued traditional etnobotanical knowledge. Research will evaluate the effect of several social and cultural factors on the evolution of ethnobotanical knowledge of four compact, but divided ethnic minorities that had experienced for shorter (25 years) or longer (70 years) period different influences affecting their plant use and very different social conditions (including welfare and economy). As a long-term outcome, based on the result of present and consequent studies scientists will be able to predict the extent and depth of the changes occurring in the ethnobotanical knowledge and as a applied outcome learn to direct and educate people in the way that the knowledge necessary for sustainable maintenance and utilization of local plant resources will be constantly evolving in the way supporting health and well-being of different populations.

Call for proposal

ERC-2016-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 292 462,50

Beneficiaries (3)

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 292 462,50
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EESTI KIRJANDUSMUUSEUM

Participation ended

Estonia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Vanemuise 42
51003 Tartu
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SCIENZE GASTRONOMICHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 204 212,50
Address
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 9 Frazione Pollenzo
12042 Bra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments