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La biodiversité : avec ou sans l’homme ?

Biodiversity: with or without man?

Reflections of an ecologist on protecting nature in France.


C. Lévêque

Edition 2017

Contrary to certain perceived ideas, man has not destroyed the biological diversity in Metropolitan France but has transformed and enriched it. Deforestation, agriculture, developments of water courses and wetlands and introductions of species have created artificial environments, managed for our varied uses. Up to what point can we control the dynamics of this nature, subject to a variety of constraints such as new agricultural practices, urbanisation and global warming? Is not the biodiversity governed as much by the expectation of citizens as by scientific ecology?


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Living territories to transform the world

Living territories to transform the world


P. Caron, E. Valette, T. Wassenaar, G. d’Eeckenbrugge, V. Papazian

Edition 2017

What resources underpin the development of a territory? What does territorial management of resources mean? What specific characteristics and opportunities does territorial organization offer for agricultural production, regulation of sectors, and services? How are territorial public policies conceived and applied? What methods and tools can be used for territorial development? This book presents a wide range of studies illustrating how actors, scales and scopes of intervention interact in the development of rural spaces in countries of the Global South.


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Les rivieres urbaines et leur pollution

Urban rivers and pollution


L. Lestel, C. Carré

Edition 2017

Within the span of two centuries, rivers of European cities have gone from serving as the dump site for all urban waste to being a vibrant natural environment integrated into the city. This book analyses this transformation by assessing water quality, human pressure on water courses and the effectiveness of measures taken to remedy the situation. It takes an interdisciplinary look from the perspective of the environment, technology and society to shed light on the relationship that four European cities (Berlin, Brussels, Milan and Paris) have with their rivers and their transformations since the 19th century.


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Des territoires vivants pour transformer le monde

Living territories to transform the world


P. Caron, E. Valette, T. Wassenaar, G. d’Eeckenbrugge, V. Papazian

Edition 2017

What resources underpin local development? What does local management of resources mean? What specific characteristics and opportunities does local organisation offer for agricultural production, sector regulation and services? How are local public policies conceived and applied? What methods and tools are used for local development?

This book presents a whole range of studies illustrating how stakeholders, levels and areas of intervention and mechanisms interact in the development of rural areas in Southern countries.


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La loire fluviale et estuarienne

The Loire, river and estuary

A changing environment


F. Moatar, N. Dupont

Edition 2016

This book is a synthesis of twenty years of work under the Loire Grandeur Nature Plan. It describes the current body of knowledge on the functioning of the fluvial-estuary Loire River system, the effects of human activities and efforts made to maintain a lasting balance.


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Campagnes contemporaines

Contemporary countryside

What economic and environmental transformations?


S. Blancard, C. Détang-Dessendre, N. Renahy

Edition 2016

The notion of countryside and rural areas is ambivalent: does the term "rural" refer to agricultural areas, a serene atmosphere or city suburbs?

This book delves into the different facets of rural and suburban areas. Their dynamics are part and parcel of contemporary economic and social issues, both in terms of demographics and lifestyles, economic activities and public policy: the important role played by towns, land management and environmental issues and the institutional organisation of territories.

The upheavals affecting the countryside are the same as those facing the rest of France, but have their own particular effect.


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Les territoires de l'eau potable

Territorial policy and drinking water

Chronicle of a silent transformation (1970-2015)


R. Barbier , A. Roussary

Edition 2016

Recent territorial reforms in France will speed up the restructuring of public services related to drinking water in major urban centres and large inter-municipal associations. Such reforms should seek ways to strengthen water security through public initiative (i.e. access to sufficient high-quality resources and the ability to protect them; sustainable maintenance of technical means in good operating conditions and water at an affordable price) while balancing rationalisation and proximity.


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Petit lexique de pédologie

Glossary of soil science

New enlarged edition


D. Baize

Edition 2016

This new version of the famous Glossary of Soil Science now defines more than 1200 specific terms and gives their English equivalent. The author develops his concept of modern soil science but the work is not neutral as dictionaries tend to be. Here you will find a selection of truly useful soil science terms in French as well as many terms related to soil pollution.


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Expliquer la vie

Life explained

From the soul to the molecule


A. Pichot

Edition 2016

The author traces, step by step, the multiple paths that biology takes in this search, its avenues and dead ends, its meanderings and forked roads, its advances and setbacks. What strategies has biology developed throughout its history to explain life?

A vast compilation of ideas and texts on the history and philosophy of biology.


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Emergence de maladies infectieuses

Émergence of infectious diseases

Risks and challenges for society


S. Morand, M. Figuié

Edition 2016

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian flu, Ebola virus or Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are increasingly attracting the attention of scientists, risk managers, the media and the general public. Specialists analyse the ecological, social, institutional and political dynamics associated with emerging infectious diseases. They show the challenges but also the opportunities taken up by the players faced with these diseases.


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