Dynafor's objective is to generate knowledge on the representations, ecological functioning, management and governance of agri-forestry landscapes in order to contribute to the implementation of sustainable agroecological and silvo-ecological practices.
Dynafor's work uses the concept of socio-ecological landscapes, defined from the point of view of ecology as a set of interacting ecosystems, and from the point of view of social sciences as one of the social arenas where stakeholders interact. They focus on the level of organisation of landscapes but take into account other levels of organisation, from the ecosystem or unit of exploitation (agricultural plot or forest stand) to the region or biome.
The originality of Dynafor is to study landscapes at the interface between forest and agriculture, taking into account a wide gradient of landscapes, from agricultural landscapes with isolated trees to forest massifs, mainly in temperate environments.
Illustration of the gradient of agri-forestry landscapes studied by Dynafor (left: mixed farming-livestock farming and woodlands in the Valleys and Coteaux de Gascogne within the PYGAR Workshop Zone; center: livestock farming, forest and landscape closure in the Observatoire Hommes-Milieux Pyrénées; right: forests in the Cévennes Biosphere Reserve).
Dynafor's scientific position is based on the observation of socio-ecological landscapes within systems that favour long-term studies (Workshop Zone, Man and the Environment Observatory, Biosphere Reserve, Kalideos site), interdisciplinarity (ecology, remote sensing/geo-informatics, social sciences), different types of modelling (spatial, multi-agent or support), partnerships with socio-economic players (farmers, foresters, managers) and the link between research and training.