Call for papers/participants: Tropentag 2019 Workshop

September 17, 2019 | 14:00 h - 17:00 h

Tropentag 2019 Workshop: “Experiences on integration of local knowledge in monitoring environmental conflicts caused by unsustainable agriculture”

Call for papers / participants

When: Tuesday, September 17th 2019, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: University of Kassel

Workshop organizers: Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn in the frame of the Tropentag 2019 (

Over-exploitation of natural resources for agricultural production constitutes a main trap for sustainability and, very often, triggers environmental conflicts (EC). The increasing number of environmental observatories in tropical countries succeed in making visible the impacts of agricultural practices on ecosystems and livelihoods. However, in monitoring EC, they often face a gap between scientific knowledge (e.g. research data availability) and local knowledge on natural resource management. Universities in Germany and in the global South are cooperating to fill in this gap, but they need more platforms to strengthen their collaborative research and partnership.

The workshop aims at providing a space to share experiences between researchers with different backgrounds working on environmental conflicts (i.e. ecological, socio-cultural and economic effects) caused by unsustainable agricultural practices.

The workshop will comprise three parts:

The workshop will comprise three parts: 1) Keynote presentations, 2) Working-tables session and, 3) plenary discussion. We invite academic researchers and other civil society’s actors to present their experiences and discuss their research results in the working tables.

To participate as presenter in the working tables, please send one-pager summary of your work to the following addresses:

Dr. Dennis Avilés,
Alejandro Mora Motta,

Your participation in the workshop is covered by your conference fee (
If you intend to attend only the workshop, please contact Dr. ir. Eric Tielkes for a reduced fee:

DAAD scholars at ZEF can ask for reimbursement of their expenses after the Tropentag, if their presentations have been accepted.


Dennis Lucy Avilés Irahola

Dr. Dennis Lucy Avilés Irahola