Knowledge transfer on natural pest control
Exchanging knowledge is an essential component in advancing the uptake of practices that are effective. This general principle applies strongly to the topic of natural pest control and how this can be supported by habitat management practices. Traditional knowledge holders, such as local farmers, are still too often underrepresented in international knowledge platforms. An evidence-based approach, including the recognition of uncertainty and that much is still unknown, provides a useful way forward for increasing the implementation of natural pest control interventions. The European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity (ELN-FAB) is an excellent example of a targeted knowledge transfer platform at a European level.
These are some of the take-home messages of the workshop on natural pest control that was held in the framework of the BiodiversityKnowledge project. Some 50 participants from all over Europe shared their experience on 17 and 18 January 2013 at a meeting in Paris. A number of presentations covered the BiodiversityKnowledge project, methods for synthesizing and assessing knowledge, involving traditional knowledge holders, dealing with uncertainty and non-knowledge (the type of knowledge of which one is so far unaware). Smaller groups dealt in an interactive way with prioritization of natural pest control interventions, how to deal with knowledge gaps, and evidence on effectiveness of interventions.
Natural pest control is one of the topics covered by ‘functional agrobiodiversity’. Therefore, ELN-FAB was invited to join the workshop and share experience about knowledge transfer with the participants. ELN-FAB has a lot to offer and possibilities for closer cooperation with the BiodiversityKnowledge project were identified.
For more information please contact Ben Delbaere.